The agency says the number of beneficiaries rose in eight provinces, with the largest percentage increase occurring in Quebec.
Nationally, the number of initial and renewal claims rose by 3,700 or 1.6 per cent, to 242,300 in January.
Provincially, the number of claims increased 4.4 per cent in Quebec, 3.9 per cent in Ontario and 2.8 per cent in New Brunswick.
Claims fell 7.8 per cent in Alberta, 3.2 per cent in British Columbia, and 1.4 per cent in Manitoba and Nova Scotia.
In January, 466,800 men received regular benefits, down 9.8 per cent from a year earlier, while 233,400 women were collecting EI, down 13.4 per cent from January 2011.
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