Average weekly earnings rose in August

Average earnings up 0.3 per cent to $679.08, average hourly rate stands at $17.19
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/31/2002

Average weekly earnings edged up 0.3 per cent from July to August. The average weekly earnings for all employees for the month is estimated at $679.08 according to Statistics Canada.

Average earnings for hourly employees stood at $17.19 per hour in August, up 0.2 per cent from July and 1.2 per cent higher than August 2001. Average weekly hours for hourly employees were unchanged at 31.7 hours per week.

August recorded another strong month of payroll employment growth with a gain of 53,500 employees, an increase of 0.4 per cent. This follows an equally strong gain of 54,600 in July. Employment has now increased for nine months in a row, growing by 365,200 (up 2.9 per cent) since December 2001.