In March, 681,400 people were receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits, up by 65,300 or 10.6% from the previous month, with the strongest increases in Alberta and British Columbia.
The increase in March was the largest since the labour market started to deteriorate last October.
While the number of people receiving benefits climbed in March, the number of initial and renewal claims received during that month edged down 1.9%.
From October to March, labour market conditions in Canada deteriorated significantly and employment fell sharply. In April, employment increased, boosted by a gain in self-employment.
Since October 2008, the number of regular EI beneficiaries has climbed by 36.2%.
Over the October 2008 to March 2009 period, the number of regular EI beneficiaries has increased across all provinces and territories, with the largest percentage growth in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.
Alberta and British Columbia particularly hard hit
In March, there was a notable increase in the number of beneficiaries in Alberta and British Columbia, both provinces having registered month-over-month increases that were well above the national average.
Largest increases for men and youth
There was a larger increase in the number of men receiving regular benefits (+54.8%) compared with women (+37.9%) between March 2008 and March 2009.
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Employment Insurance, March 2009
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Heritage institutions, 2007
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