EI numbers skyrocket amidst oil and gas downturn in northern BC

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Statistics Canada has released the numbers of people that were using Employment Insurance in July of this year, and they are high.

With the oil and gas downturn hitting close to home and hard, many people have turned to EI in hopes of surviving.

Comparing July of 2014 and July of 2016, there is a major difference.

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In Fort St. John the amount of people on EI in July of 2014 was only 260. In July of 2016, 1,090 people were using EI.

In Dawson Creek the numbers have increased as well. In July of 2014, 160 people were on EI. In July of this year, 480 people accessed EI benefits.

Prince George has also seen a spike in EI claims. In July 0f 2014, 1,460 people were on EI. July of 2016 saw 2,260 people using EI.

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