10/27/2011 08:38 EDT | Updated 12/27/2011 05:12 EST

Canada Wages: Average Weekly Earnings Rise After 2 Months Of Decline: StatsCan


OTTAWA - Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose 0.8 per cent to $877.28 in August after two months of small declines.

Statistics Canada reports average weekly earnings were up 1.9 per cent over August 2010, the lowest annual growth since November 2009.

The agency blamed the slowdown on 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 drop in average hours worked per week was also a factor in the slow year-over-year growth.

The average work week declined 0.3 per cent to 32.9 hours in August 2011 from 33 in August 2010.

Average weekly hours increased 0.3 per cent from July.

Average weekly earnings rose in every province in the 12 months to August, led by Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Alberta.