The number of people receiving employment insurance in British Columbia increased by 5.5 per cent — about 4,900 people — in June, according to Statistics Canada.

That’s slightly above the national average of 5.1 per cent and a similar increase to the previous month.

In Vancouver, the number of people on EI has more than doubled since June 2008, with 34,600 beneficiaries. That’s an increase of 21,800 people.

The increases coincided with a substantial rise in the province’s unemployment rate during the year to 8.1 per cent from 4.5 per cent. Most job losses over this period were in the manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and construction sectors.