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|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2015

Little change in average weekly earnings in December: StatsCan

OTTAWA — Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $943 in December, up from $936.67 in November, statistics Canada reports. The government revised the November numbers from the previously reported $941. On a year-over-year basis, weekly earnings increased two per cent in December.

The increase in weekly earnings during the 12 months to December reflected a number of factors, including wage growth, changes in the composition of employment by industry, occupation and level of job experience, as well as average hours worked per week. Non-farm payroll employees worked an average of 32.9 hours a week in December, down slightly from an average of 33 hours 12 months earlier.