Weekly earnings increase 4 per cent in June: StatsCan

Seventh straight month of year-over-year increases at or above 2.3 per cent

Average weekly earnings are on the rise, with June marking the seventh straight month of year-over-year increases at or above 2.3 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.

The average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose four per cent from June 2009 to $835.50 in June 2010. This was the fastest year-over-year increase since February 2008.

The largest growth was seen in educational services (11.5 per cent), accommodation and food services (11.5 per cent), administration and support, waste management and remediation services (10.0 per cent), retail trade (5.9 per cent), manufacturing (4.1 per cent) and professional, scientific and technical services (4.1 per cent).

Between June 2009 and June 2010, average weekly earnings increased in every province, with Newfoundland and Labrador seeing the biggest growth at 6.1 per cent and Manitoba having the slowest rate of growth at 2.2 per cent.

Total hours worked by hourly and salaried employees also increased slightly in June, the fifth advance in six months. While total hours worked increased by 0.1 per cent, the average weekly hours worked remained unchanged from May at 32.9 hours in June.

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