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March marks fifth consecutive month of year-over-year declines in hours worked

Ottawa, ON -- In March 2012, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $888.34, up 0.8% from the previous month, Statistics Canada reports. On a year-over-year basis, earnings rose 2.1%.


Ottawa, ON — In March 2012, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $888.34, up 0.8% from the previous month, Statistics Canada reports. On a year-over-year basis, earnings rose 2.1%.

The 2.1% increase in earnings during the 12 months to March reflects a number of factors, including wage growth and changes in the composition of employment by industry, occupation and level of job experience.

Average hours worked per week can also contribute to changes in earnings. In March, the year-over-year growth in weekly earnings was tempered by a decline in hours worked. March was the fifth consecutive month of year-over-year declines in hours worked.

Non-farm payroll employees worked 32.9 hours per week on average in March, down from 33.0 hours a year earlier, but up from 32.8 hours in February.

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Average weekly earnings by sector

Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings outpaced the national average of 2.1% in four of Canada’s largest industrial sectors: professional, scientific and technical services; construction; public administration; and retail trade. Earnings growth in accommodation and food services was on par with the national average.