The number of workers in both Ottawa and Gatineau collecting employment insurance benefits decreased “significantly” in November, with a five per cent year-over-year drop in recipients on both sides of the river, according to Statistics Canada data released Wednesday.
In Ottawa, 5,530 workers received benefits, compared to 5,820 in November 2011. That’s a “notable decline,” says Statistics Canada analyst Vincent Ferrao.
Equally notable was the decline in Gatineau, with 2,540 people receiving benefits compared to the 2,670 people in November 2011.While the EI numbers don’t include any indication of why the changes occur, Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for November showed that employment in the Ottawa-Gatineau region went up by 3,300 that month. Of those, 2,700 jobs were in Ottawa and 600 in Gatineau.
Across the country, the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits edged down 0.8 per cent in November to 528,000.
The number of beneficiaries decreased slightly in Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Quebec, while the numbers rose slightly in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The numbers were virtually unchanged in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
To receive EI benefits, individuals must first submit a claim and the number of claims provides an indication of the number of people who could become beneficiaries.
Nationally, the number of initial and renewal claims fell by 1.9 per cent to 226,700 in November.
The number of claims fell in eight provinces, but rose in Manitoba and Quebec.
- With a report by the Canadian Press