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EI benefactors take largest drop in 10 months

Published by Steve Coleman on September 22, 2011

The number of Canadians collecting regular Employment Insurance benefits took its largest drop in 10 months in July.

Statistics Canada reported Sept. 22 that 535,700 people collected EI during the month. Of those, 272,100 (50.8 per cent) were men.

All but New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador reported significant drops in their unemployed numbers in July, although New Brunswick showed little change.

The numbers were higher in Newfoundland and Labrador where 1.2 per cent more people collected benefits in July. It was the second-straight month-to-month increase for the province.

While fewer people received benefits in July, as a whole, the number of out-of-work people filing claims rose for the third-straight month. An additional 8,800 workers filed either an initial claim or a renewal claim, bringing the number to 242,300. Stats Can says it was the third increase in four months.

The largest percentage increase occurred in Ontario, where the 19 per cent increase was the first major reported bump in the road since January. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the number of claims fell for the second-straight month, down 10 per cent in July.

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