03/22/2012 08:49 EDT | Updated 05/22/2012 05:12 EDT

Canada Employment Insurance: January Sees Increase In EI Recipients In 8 Provinces

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits increased by 2.3 per cent or 12,400 in January to 561,100, roughly the same level as in June 2011.

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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