OTTAWA, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The number of Canadians receiving federal unemployment benefits in August rose 3.2 percent to 534,000 people, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.
The monthly gain from July represented 16,400 more beneficiaries of Employment Insurance, the report said.
The unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent.
"The number of beneficiaries rose notably in Quebec while Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Ontario also experienced increases," StatsCan said.
The fluctuations in the number of regular beneficiaries reflects various situations, including new claimants, people finding jobs who no longer require EI and people exhausting their regular benefits, the report said.
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