12/22/2011 08:38 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 05:12 EST

Canada Average Weekly Earnings Up In October: StatsCan


OTTAWA - Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 1.4 per cent to $885.36 in October.

Statistics Canada reports average weekly earnings were up 2.7 per cent from a year earlier.

The agency says the average work week was unchanged from October 2010 at 33.0 hours.

The agency says the month-to-month increase in average weekly earnings was highest in finance and insurance; education; real estate and rental leasing; utilities; mining, quarrying, oil-and-gas extraction; and manufacturing.

Year-over-year growth exceeded the national average of 2.7 per cent in four of Canada's largest industrial sectors: administrative and support services; professional, scientific and technical services; health care and social assistance; and education.

Average weekly earnings rose in every province in the 12 months to October, led by growth in Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta.

The lowest rate of growth was in Nova Scotia.