EI recipients continue to rise in Alberta bucking the national trend
Statistics Canada isn't showing Alberta any love these days, releasing more dismal labour data for the province. About 67,900 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits across the province in April, up another 1.2% from March. Rural areas were harder hit than central Calgary and Edmonton in the latest survey:
- Calgary: +1.0% m/m ; +59.2% y/y
- Edmonton +0.8% m/m; +49.5% y/y
- Other: +2.9% m/m; +50.4% y/y
On a year-over-year basis, the number of beneficiaries in Alberta increased by 23,360 people or 52.2%. Alberta accounts for most of Canada's gains in EI beneficiaries, which is up 2.4% from the same time last year. Excluding Alberta, the number of Canadian beneficiaries would have decline by 11,000 people yr/yr.
The number of Canadians receiving EI benefits, ticked down slightly in April, falling by 4,920 people, or -0.9% month/month, powered by declines in Ontario (-2.4%), BC (-2.2%), Newfoundland and Labrador (-2.0%), Saskatchewan (-1.7%) and New Brunswick (-1.5%).
Despite the country-wide decline in recipients, the number of Canadians filing EI claims rose in April, powered by gains in Quebec (+5.7%), Newfoundland and Labrador (+5.6%) and Ontario (+4.6%). Saskatchewan saw a 15.7% drop in people filing for EI benefits. Alberta was flat for the month of April.
Impacts from the Fort McMurray wildfires have yet to be taken into account. Those numbers will likely start to come through in the May employment figures, expected to be released by Statistics Canada in late July.