Saskatchewan

Employment insurance recipients up 18% in Saskatchewan

Close to 2,000 more Saskatchewan people are collecting employment insurance benefits compared to a year ago, Statistics Canada says.

12,800 people collecting benefits in May

There were 19,600 more people collecting employment insurance benefits in Saskatchewan in May compared to the same time last year. (CBC)

Close to 2,000 more Saskatchewan people are collecting employment insurance benefits compared to a year ago, Statistics Canada says.

The number of workers collecting regular benefits increased about 18 per cent from May 2014 to May 2015, the federal agency said in a report Thursday.

The total change over the year was 1,960.

Meanwhile, there's been an even bigger jump of EI recipients in Alberta. There, the May-to-May numbers increased by just over 60 per cent.

Both provinces have between struggling through a slowdown in the oilpatch amid low crude prices.

Just looking at the change from April to May, the numbers jumped 10 per cent in Alberta and about 1 per cent in Saskatchewan.

There were 12,800 people collecting EI in Saskatchewan in May, the report said.

All figures are seasonally adjusted.

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