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article imageMore Canadians receive employment insurance benefits in June

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By Bob Ewing     Aug 26, 2009 in Politics
Statistics Canada reports in June, 816,600 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. This is up 5.1% (+39,500) from previous month.
The Daily, from Statistics Canada, reports provincially, the largest percentage increases occurred in Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The second quarter of 2009, saw the number of beneficiaries increase by 18.8%. This was down from the growth rate (+25.2%) during the first quarter.
The Labour Force Survey shows a similar trend as it recorded a rate of decline in employment in the second quarter that was much reduced from the decline in the first three months of the year.
The labour market began to deteriorate last autumn, since then, the number of people receiving EI benefits has risen sharply. Compared with October 2008, the number of people on EI has increased 63.2%, or 316,300.
Alberta saw major increases in large urban centres such as Calgary and Edmonton.
Southwestern Ontario was also hit hard with year-over-year increases in Windsor, Kitchener, Hamilton, St. Catharinesā€“Niagara and London.
The CBC reports people under 25 experienced a major impact as those receiving regular EI benefits increased by 108.6 per cent, more than any other demographic.
In June 2008, the youth unemployment rate was 12.2 per cent this climbed to 15.9 per cent by June 2009,
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