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Average weekly earnings up 0.3 per cent in December: StatsCan • Alberta, Saskatchewan seeing highest salary increases: Conference Board • EI recipients dip slightly in December: StatsCan • B.C. unveils new pension option • Ontario public sector earning 14 per cent more than private sector • Number of Canadians expecting to retire at 66 down 50 per cent
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 03/18/2013

Average weekly earnings up 0.3 per cent in December: StatsCan

OTTAWA — Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $908 in December, up 0.3 per cent from the previous month, said Statistics Canada. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 2.8 per cent.

The 2.8 per cent increase in earnings during the 12 months to December reflects a number of factors, including wage growth, changes in composition of employment by industry, occupation and level of job experience, as well as average hours worked per week.