EI CLAIMS DROP FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH

April 18, 2013

The number of people collecting employment insurance benefits in Saskatchewan continued to drop in February according to figures released by Statistics Canada today. Initial and renewal claims dropped by 8.0 per cent between February 2012 and February 2013 [from 5,900 in February 2012 to 5,430 in February 2013], the second highest percentage drop among the provinces.

“Saskatchewan’s economy continues to expand at a level that is one of the best in Canada,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “It’s that additional economic activity that creates jobs and keeps unemployment low.”

The number of regular EI claims dropped 5.8 per cent on a year-over-year basis [from 11,480 in February 2012, to 10,810 in February 2013]. There were declines for youth (8.1 per cent) and workers aged 25-54 (6.4 per cent) over the same period.

“Our level of unemployment is the envy of many other provinces,” Boyd said. “We are working hard to ensure that job-seekers will continue to have the employment opportunities that lead to a better quality of life.”

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For more information, contact:

Deb Young Economy Regina Phone: 306-787-4765 Email: deb.young@gov.sk.ca

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