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The Daily

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
September 2006 (preliminary)

The average weekly earnings of payroll employees for September was $749.69 (seasonally adjusted), down $0.69 (-0.1%) from August. This leaves the year-to-date growth in earnings at 3.1%. This annual rate of change is obtained by comparing the average weekly earnings of the first nine 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 September was 3.9% for health and social assistance, 3.8% for educational services, 3.0% for retail trade, and 2.5% for manufacturing.

There were 14,042,200 payroll jobs in Canada in September, an increase of 13,500 employees (+0.1%) from August. Provinces showing the largest percent increases in employment from August to September were British Columbia (+0.5%), Ontario (+0.3%), and Saskatchewan (+0.3%). The largest decrease was in New Brunswick (-0.8%).

Nationally, payroll employment has increased by approximately 170,000 jobs since the beginning of 2006.

The average hourly earnings for hourly paid employees edged down 0.3% in September to $18.47. The average weekly hours for hourly paid employees fell 0.6% to 31.8 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 October will be released on December 20.

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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