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Average weekly earnings in manufacturing rose 5.9%: StatsCan


Industry

August 30, 2012
By PEM Magazine

Statistics Canada says the average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose to $898 in June, three per cent higher than a year ago.

The federal agency said the figures, which represented a 0.6 per cent gain over May, reflect not only increases in wages but also the average number of hours worked.

In manufacturing, weekly earnings increased 5.9 per cent 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 per cent to $1,004.80 over the same period. The highest growth was in elementary and secondary schools.

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

Average weekly payroll earnings of people in administrative and support services fell 1.6 per cent to $713.79 over the year and earnings were also down in investigation and security services and in office administrative services.

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

In Newfoundland and Labrador, average weekly earnings increased 7.0 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent to $760.74.

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