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Wood Buffalo applicants made up a third of the increase.
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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley thanked the government for taking an important step toward the "province's economic recovery."
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Saskatchewan also saw a large increase.
Canada-wide, the number of EI recipients increased 45,800 since last year.
The national increase was almost entirely driven by Alberta.
EI claims rose 29.4 per cent in the province from January. That compared with a national increase of 6.7 per cent.