Toronto—The number of Canadians receiving regular employment insurance benefits fell 13.6 per cent to 468,100 between May 2011 and May 2012, according to Statistics Canada.
The number of people receiving regular EI benefits totaled 512,600 in May, virtually unchanged from April, following three consecutive months of declines.
In May, the number of initial and renewal claims fell 4.2 per cent to 223,800 across the country, according to StatsCan, with claims falling in every province.
Saskatchewan led the nation in declining numbers at -11 per cent, with New Brunswick and Manitoba rounding out the top three at -8.3 and -6.6 per cent, respectively.
There was little or no change in beneficiaries in most provinces in May.
In Alberta, the number of people receiving regular EI benefits decreased 2.3 per cent to 24,000, continuing a downward trend that began in January 2012, while in Ontario, the number of beneficiaries narrowly edged down 0.9 per cent to 148,200 in May, following a substantial decline in April.