09/29/2011 08:48 EDT | Updated 11/29/2011 05:12 EST

Employment In Canada: Earnings Growth Slowest In 18 Months, StatsCan Says


OTTAWA - The average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 0.1 per cent in July to $872.70.

Statistics Canada reports average weekly earnings grew by 2.2 per cent over the same month a year earlier, the slowest earnings growth since January 2010.

The agency says the year-over-year growth reflects several factors, such as wage growth and changes in the composition of employment by industry, by occupation and by level of job experience.

StatsCan says a decrease in the average hours worked per week contributed to the slower growth in earnings in July.

The average workweek declined to 32.8 hours in July 2011 from 33 in July 2010, down 0.6 per cent.

Compared with the previous month, average weekly hours were down 0.3 per cent.

Average weekly earnings rose in every province in the 12 months to July, led by Newfoundland and Labrador. The slowest growth was in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ontario.