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|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 02/07/2012

Payroll earnings increase from September to October: StatsCan

OTTAWA — Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 1.4 per cent to $885.36 in October from the previous month, according to Statistics Canada. On a year-over-year basis, average weekly earnings rose 2.7 per cent.  Increases in average weekly earnings reflect many factors including wage growth and changes in the composition of employment by industry, occupation and level of job experience. The average work week can also impact average weekly earnings, but it was unchanged from October 2010 at 33 hours. The monthly increase in average weekly earnings was highest in finance and insurance, education, real estate and rental leasing, utilities, mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction and manufacturing. Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings exceeded the national average of 2.7 per cent in four of Canada’s largest industrial sectors: administrative and support services; professional, scientific and technical services; health care and social assistance; and education. Average weekly earnings rose 6.8 per cent to $747.82 in administration and support services.

Number of EI recipients fell in October: StatsCan