OTTAWA – The number of people in Saskatchewan receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits dropped slightly in November 2013.
Statistics Canada reported on Thursday 9,980 people in the province received benefits during the month, a drop of 0.6 per cent from October 2013.
On a yearly basis, 1,600 less people were receiving regular benefits compared to November 2012, a drop of 13.9 per cent.
New and renewal claims fell by 1.1 per cent to 5,330.
In Saskatoon, 1,750 people received regular EI benefits in November, a drop of 1.7 per cent, the seventh straight month of declines. Regina had a 1.7 per cent increase to 1,190, the first increase after six months of decline.
StatsCan said changes in the number of people receiving regular EI benefits reflects various situations including people becoming beneficiaries, people going back to work and those no longer eligible for benefits.