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Table 3. Main reason for not applying for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits among unemployed persons who had worked in the past 12 months, 2018

Table 3. Main reason for not applying for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits among unemployed persons who had worked in the past 12 months, 2018
[Numbers in thousands]
Main reason for not applying for UI benefits Unemployed persons (1) who did
not apply for UI benefits
Total Percent
distribution

Total, 16 years and over

2,727 100.0

Eligibility issues

1,611 59.1

Job separation type (quit, misconduct, etc.) or work not covered by UI

884 32.4

Insufficient past work

496 18.2

Previous exhaustion of benefits

18 0.7

Any other reason concerning eligibility

213 7.8

Attitude about or barrier to applying for UI benefits

314 11.5

Do not need the money or do not want the hassle

176 6.5

Negative attitude about UI

39 1.4

Do not know about UI or do not know how to apply

79 2.9

Problems with application process

19 0.7

Other reasons for not applying for UI benefits

676 24.8

Expect to start working soon

355 13.0

Did not apply for personal reasons

91 3.4

Plan to file soon

86 3.2

All other reasons

143 5.2

Reason not provided

126 4.6

(1) Data exclude unemployed persons with no previous work experience and those who last worked more than 12 months prior to the survey. However, all unemployed persons expecting to be recalled from temporary layoff are included, regardless of whether they worked in the 12 months prior to the survey.

NOTE: Estimates are an average of data collected in May and September 2018. Dash indicates no data or data that do not meet publication criteria (values not shown where base is less than 75,000).

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Last Modified Date: November 07, 2019