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The Daily

Thursday, September 28, 2006
July 2006 (preliminary)

The average weekly earnings of payroll employees for July was $747.55 (seasonally adjusted), up $2.03 (+0.3%) from June. This leaves the year-to-date growth in earnings at 3.5%. This annual rate of change is obtained by comparing the average weekly earnings of the first seven months of 2006 with the average of the same months of 2005.

In Canada's largest industrial sectors, year-to-date earnings increases as of July stood at 4.8% for educational services, 4.8% for health and social assistance, 3.5% for retail trade, and 2.9% for manufacturing.

There were 14,021,100 payroll jobs in Canada in July, virtually unchanged over the previous month. Provinces showing the largest percent increases in employment from June to July were New Brunswick (+1.6%) and Nova Scotia (+0.7%). The largest decrease was in Saskatchewan (-0.7%).

Nationally, payroll employment has increased by 148,800 jobs since the beginning of 2006.

The average hourly earnings for hourly paid employees edged down 0.1% in July to $18.35. The average weekly hours for hourly paid employees was unchanged at 32.2 hours.

Available on CANSIM: tables 281-0023 to 281-0046.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2612.

Detailed industry data, data by size of enterprise based on employment, and other labour market indicators will be available soon in the monthly publication Employment, Earnings and Hours (72-002-XIB, free).

Data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for August will be released October 30.

For general information or to order data, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-866-873-8788; 613-951-4090; fax: 613-951-2869; To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Peter Lorenz (613-951-4167), Labour Statistics Division.

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