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More British Columbians receiving unemployment benefits

The number of out of work British Columbians receiving Employment Insurance benefits was up 24.6 percent in November 2008 from a year earlier.

According to figures Statistics Canada released today, only Ontario had a greater gain, with a 28.2 percent year-over-year increase. The average increase across Canada was 12.3 percent, or about half the jump in B.C..

Finance minister Colin Hansen and premier Gordon Campbell have argued that B.C. is well placed within Canada to weather the global financial crisis.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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