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Canada. Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees up

Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $898.00 in June, up 0.6% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 3.0%.

The 3.0% increase during the 12 months to June reflects a number of factors, including wage growth, changes in the composition of employment, as well as average hours worked per week. In June, non-farm payroll employees worked an average of 33.2 hours per week, up from 32.9 hours from both the month before and 12 months earlier.

Average weekly earnings by sector

Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings outpaced the national average of 3.0% in four of the largest industrial sectors: manufacturing; educational services; construction; as well as accommodation and food services. In contrast, earnings declined in administrative and support services.

In manufacturing, weekly earnings increased 5.9% to $1,011.16 in the 12 months to June, with the most notable growth among manufacturers of transport equipment; plastics and rubber products; machinery; food; and wood products.

Average weekly earnings in educational services increased 4.9% to $1,004.80 over the same period. The highest growth was in elementary and secondary schools.

In construction, weekly earnings rose 4.9% to $1,145.20. Growth was widespread across most industries in this sector.

Weekly earnings in accommodation and food services were up 4.0% to $372.14 in the 12 months to June. Increases were most notable in special food services and limited-service eating places.

Weekly earnings of payroll employees in administrative and support services fell 1.6% to $713.79. Earnings declined in investigation and security services and in office administrative services.

Average weekly earnings up in every province
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased in every province in the 12 months to June. Growth was highest in Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, average weekly earnings increased 7.0% to $924.42, the second highest wage level among the provinces after Alberta.

In Saskatchewan, average weekly earnings were $914.27 in June, up 6.6% from 12 months earlier. Earnings in the province have been higher than the national average since August 2011.

In Prince Edward Island, average weekly earnings increased 5.9% to $760.74.

The lowest year-over-year increase occurred in Quebec, where average weekly earnings rose 0.4% to $812.47.

Non-farm payroll employment by sector

Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 35,100 between May and June, the fourth consecutive monthly increase. Most sectors showed job gains in June.

On a year-over-year basis, non-farm payroll employment increased 2.0% (+296,500), with most of these gains since February 2012 (+219,000).

Among all sectors, mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction (+8.5%) posted the highest 12-month employment growth rate. It was followed by the construction sector (+5.2%) and accommodation and food services (+3.5%).


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