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Employment Insurance Beneficiaries Receiving Regular Benefits, Alberta


This Alberta Official Statistic describes the monthly number of Albertans receiving Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits. The number of beneficiaries represents a count of persons who qualified for employment insurance benefits during the Labour Force Survey reference week, usually containing the 15th day of the month.

AOS Alberta Official Statistics Employment Insurance Act

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The Employment Insurance Statistics Survey is conducted to release the official statistics which report on the operation of the Employment Insurance Program and to provide complementary labour market statistics. Together, three monthly surveys tell a more complete story of current labour market events. These surveys are: the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (SEPH) and the Employment Insurance Statistics (EIS). The LFS focuses on its strengths: timeliness and demographic analysis of the labour market. SEPH reports, which come out later each month, show greater detail on industry and wages. The EIS provide substantial detail by geography. Data are extracted from administrative files. Summary claim and benefit data are received monthly from Human Resources Development. The regular benefit payments figure measures the total of all monies paid to individuals from the 1st to the end of the month. Employment Insurance Statistics Program data are produced from an administrative data source and may, from time to time, be affected by changes to the Employment Insurance Act or administrative procedures. An annual revision is undertaken each spring. Seasonally adjusted estimates for the most recent reference periods are preliminary, and subject to revision. Seasonal adjustment is when time series data, such as comparing one 12 month period to another, is modified to eliminate the effect of seasonal variations. Seasonal adjustments provide a clearer view of non-seasonal changes in data that would otherwise be overshadowed by seasonal differences. In December 2014, geographic boundaries have been updated from the 2006 edition of the Standard Geographical Classification to the 2011 edition. The update mainly affects boundaries of CMAs and CAs. To maintain consistency, all Employment Insurance (EI) data series have been revised historically back to January 1997.


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