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Average weekly earnings rise in August; now up 3.6% year over year: StatsCan

Above-average gains in Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan

October 25, 2012  by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose to $907.19 in August, up 0.4 per cent from July.

It says earnings were up 3.6 per cent on a year-over-year basis, reflecting a number of factors, including wage growth and a slight increase in the average number of hours worked each week.

Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings outpaced the national average in three of the largest industrial sectors.

Those were professional, scientific and technical services, accommodation and food services and construction.


In the professional, scientific and technical services, average earnings were up 7.4 per cent to $1,273.60.

Meanwhile, earnings increase five per cent to $374.54 in accommodation and food and increased 4.4 per cent to $1,144.43 in construction.

Average weekly earnings in administrative and support services declined 3.2 per cent to $724.03 on an annual basis.

Earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased in every province in the 12 months to August, with above-average gains in Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan.

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