Statistics Canada reported Thursday that the ranks of employment insurance beneficiaries swelled by 4,800 compared to the previous month, and by 15,400 compared to the same period a year ago.
But if Alberta is stripped out, there were 3,200 fewer people on EI in May than in the same month a year earlier, meaning the national increase was almost entirely driven by Alberta.
Alberta's EI rolls swelled for the seventh consecutive month in May, up by more than 10 per cent to 48,800.
In other provinces, smaller increases were recorded in Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. On the other hand, there were slightly fewer beneficiaries in Ontario and Manitoba.
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