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EI beneficiaries up 0.9%: Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits in June was up 0.9 per cent to 512,300.

The government agency says the number of beneficiaries has recently been on a downward trajectory.

It says the number of people receiving regular benefits declined 6.4 per cent compared with June 2012.

There were increases in the number of beneficiaries in Alberta, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, while there were decreases in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island and the rest of the provinces saw little change.

To receive EI benefits, individuals must first submit a claim and the number of claims provides an indication of the number of people who could become beneficiaries.

After a decline in May, the number of initial and renewal claims was little changed in June, at 227,100, although claims were down 3.3 per cent compared with June 2012.