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September 21, 2023

Monthly (July 2023 vs June 2023, seasonally adjusted regular beneficiaries)

In July 2023, there were 21,770 Nova Scotians in receipt of regular employment insurance benefits (seasonally adjusted). Nova Scotia's seasonally adjusted regular employment insurance usage increased by 1,640 (+8.1%) from June to July 2023.

There were 437,750 Canadians that received regular employment insurance benefits in July 2023 (seasonally adjusted), an increase of 24,660 (+6.0%) from June 2023. 

When compared to June 2023, seven provinces reported increases in regular beneficiaries with New Brunswick posting the largest gain. The largest decline in percentage terms was reported in Ontario.

Year-to-date (January-July 2023 vs January-July 2022, seasonally adjusted regular beneficiaries)

Comparing the first seven months of 2023 to the same period in 2022, Nova Scotia's employment insurance usage was down by 28.0%. National employment insurance usage was down by 25.4% with declines in all provinces. The largest decline in employment insurance usage was reported in New Brunswick and the smallest in British Columbia. 

Year-over-year (July 2023 vs July 2022)

The number of employment insurance beneficiaries amounted to 4.1% of the labour force in Nova Scotia in July 2023. Nationally, the share of beneficiaries was 2.1% of the labour force. 

Use of employment insurance (as a share of the labour force) was lower for youth aged 15-24 and higher for workers aged 55 and older.  Across all age cohorts, male use of employment insurance was higher as a share of the labour force than female use of employment insurance. 

Use of employment insurance was down for all age cohorts from July 2022 to July 2023. The largest declines were among youth, particularly among females.

Comparing unadjusted regular beneficiaries for July 2023 against July 2022, use of employment insurance was down for all counties in Nova Scotia.

In percentage terms, the largest declines in employment insurance use from July 2022 to July 2023 were reported in Richmond, Queens, and Pictou. Halifax reported the smallest decline.

Source: Statistics Canada.  Table  14-10-0011-01   Employment insurance beneficiaries (regular benefits) by province and territory, monthly, seasonally adjustedTable  14-10-0323-01   Employment insurance beneficiaries by census division, monthly, unadjusted for seasonalityTable 14-10-0287-01  Labour force characteristics, monthly, seasonally adjusted and trend-cycle, last 5 months

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