The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits was slightly lower in April than in March, down 4,900 (0.9 per cent). However, year-over-year there were 2.4 per cent more, mainly due to increases in the summer of 2015.

Statistics Canada figures show that 5 provinces saw lower numbers; Ontario (down 2.7 per cent); BC (down 2.2 per cent); Newfoundland & Labrador (down 2 per cent); Saskatchewan (down 1.7 per cent); and New Brunswick (down 1.5 per cent).

Alberta saw a 1.2 per cent rise in EI beneficiaries with those in Prince Edward Island increasing by 1 per cent.

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