Little change in EI numbers in December: StatsCan

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OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says 514,200 people were getting regular employment insurance benefits in December, little changed from November.

The agency says the number of beneficiaries has been relatively stable since May 2013, following a downward trend that began in the summer of 2009.

It says Saskatchewan and Alberta posted an increase in the number of people receiving regular EI benefits in December, while there were fewer beneficiaries in New Brunswick.

There was little change in the other provinces.

In Prince Edward Island, the number of beneficiaries decreased very slightly from November to December, marking a statistically insignificant -0.1 percentage of change in the one-month period.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Saskatchewan, Alberta New Brunswick.There

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  • S Clarke
    February 21, 2014 - 13:41

    Wow, who could have guessed this? Well, I'll tell you who, the thousands of Canadians who can't find jobs in their professions due to the boatloads of Temporary Foreign Workers our government keeps shipping in and allowing to take our jobs. I just hope that Stephen Harper is taking enough off of their pay checks to cover welfare for all of the Canadians they are replacing. The Harper Regime needs to be stopped! But unfortunately we don't have to many options to replace him :( Soon after Harper destroys all the unions, it won't be long and the middle class will be a thing of the past. And it's too cold here in Canada for me to live on the streets. Lets wake up Canadians!