07/23/2015 09:11 EDT | Updated 07/23/2016 05:59 EDT

Alberta EI Rolls Swell 10% In May

The national increase was almost entirely driven by Alberta.

A job seeker checks for new jobs postings at the Glendale Workforce Services Center Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, in Glendale, Calif. Employers appear to be laying off workers again as the economic recovery weakens. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

There were 527,100 people in Canada receiving government jobless benefits in May, an increase largely driven by Alberta.

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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