OTTAWA, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The number of Canadians receiving federal jobless benefits in November declined slightly to 673,700 in November from October, Statistics Canada said Thursday.
That represented a 0.8 percent decrease from a month earlier, the agency said.
"The number of regular beneficiaries has been relatively stable since March 2010," StatsCan said.
On an annual basis from November 2009 to November 2010, the number of beneficiaries fell 81,600, or 12.5 percent, the report said.
Regionally, the number of claims declined in five provinces while increases in four others were considered minor and Nova Scotia saw a 1.7 percent increase in claims, the agency said.