06/30/2011 10:34 EDT | Updated 08/30/2011 05:12 EDT

Stastcan: Average Weekly Earnings For Canadians Rises In April


THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 0.7 per cent from March to $876.44 in April.

They were 3.5 per cent higher than in April 2010.

Statistics Canada attributes the annual growth in average weekly earnings to a number of factors in addition to wage growth, including changes in the composition of employment by industry, by occupation and by level of job experience.

The agency says the average number of hours worked per week, a potential contributor to weekly earnings growth, was unchanged from April 2010 at 32.9 hours.

Average weekly earnings increased in every province in the 12 months to April.

Growth was well above the national average in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador, while Prince Edward Island recorded the slowest growth.

Growth in average weekly earnings was above the national average of 3.5 per cent in six of the 10 largest industrial sectors, led by health care and social assistance and manufacturing. The slowest growth in earnings occurred in construction and retail trade.

StatsCan says average weekly earnings increased by 6.9 per cent on an annual basis to $817.54 in health care and social assistance. The agency says the sector has had one of the most consistent upward trends in earnings and payroll employment since 2001.