Thursday, August 25, 2011

Canadian wages up 3% from year before


  Aug 25, 2011 – 10:38 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 25, 2011 1:09 PM ET
OTTAWA — The average weekly wage of Canadians edged up 0.3% in June from the previous month, and rose 3% from a year earlier, Statistics Canada said Thursday.
The federal agency said earnings on average totalled $876.27 per week in June, compared to $873.47 the previous month and $850.53 in June 2010. The average hours worked per week were 32.9, unchanged from a year earlier.
“The 3% (year-over-year) increase reflects a number of factors, such as wage growth and changes in the composition of employment by industry, by occupation and by level of job experience,” the agency said.
Weekly earnings were up in all provinces in the 12 months to June, with the biggest gains in Alberta, up 5% to $1,041.45, and British Columbia, up 4.5% to $849.69.
“Alberta has recorded year-over-year growth in earnings above the national average since March 2010,” Statistics Canada said.
Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island saw the slowest wage growth, up 1% to $854.60 and up 1.7% to $723.15, respectively.
Meanwhile, the number of employees on payrolls totalled 14.92 million in June, a gain of 1.8% from a year earlier.
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Average weekly wage in June / percentage change from year earlier:
Nationally $876.27 / 3.0
Newfoundland and Labrador $862.60 / 3.2
Prince Edward Island $723.15 / 1.7
Nova Scotia $773.89 / 2.0
New Brunswick $790.59 / 3.9
Quebec $815.91 / 3.0
Ontario $899.45 / 2.5
Manitoba $809.81 / 3.4
Saskatchewan $854.60 / 1.0
Alberta $1,041.45 / 5.0
British Columbia $849.69 / 4.5
Source: Statistics Canada