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The Daily

Monday, October 30, 2006
August 2006 (preliminary)

The average weekly earnings of payroll employees was $748.66 (seasonally adjusted) in August, up $1.66 (+0.2%) from July. This leaves the year-to-date growth in earnings at 3.3%. This annual rate of change is obtained by comparing the average weekly earnings of the first eight months of 2006 with the average of the same months of 2005.

In Canada's largest industrial sectors, year-to-date earnings growth as of August was 4.4% for health and social assistance, 4.1% for educational services, 3.2% for retail trade, and 2.7% for manufacturing.

There were 14,016,100 payroll jobs in Canada in August, virtually unchanged (-6,500 employees) from July. Provinces showing the largest percentage increases in employment from July to August were New Brunswick (+0.8%), and Newfoundland and Labrador (+0.6%). The largest decrease was in Manitoba (-1.0%).

Nationally, payroll employment has increased by 143,800 jobs since the beginning of 2006.

The average hourly earnings for hourly paid employees rose 0.8% in August to $18.53. The average weekly hours for hourly paid employees fell 0.6% to 31.9 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 September will be released on November 29.

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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