August 24, 2017 2:33 pm

Number of Saskatchewan EI beneficiaries declines in June

There were less people receiving EI benefits in June when compared to the previous month.

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The number of people in Saskatchewan receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits dropped in June.

Statistics Canada reported Thursday that 18,470 people received EI benefits during the month, a decrease of 0.9 per cent from May.

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Declines were recorded in both Saskatoon, 3.7 per cent, and Regina, 2.6 per cent.

On a year-over-year basis, the number of people receiving EI was up 7.8 per cent, the lowest year-over-year increase since January 2015.

The number of initial and renewal claims in June declined by 0.8 per cent from the previous month to 7,200, but is up 6.0 per cent when compared to June 2016.

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