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The Daily

Tuesday, June 26, 2007
April 2007 (preliminary)

In April, the average weekly earnings of payroll employees (seasonally adjusted) increased $1.68 (+0.2%) to $765.36 from March. The year-to-date growth is 3.0%. This rate of change is calculated as the average weekly earnings of the first four months of 2007 compared to the average of the same four months in 2006.

Among Canada's largest industrial sectors, earnings grew for the first four months of 2007 in manufacturing (+3.5%), in health and social assistance (+3.1%) and in education services (+0.2%), but declined 0.7% in retail trade.

Most provinces reported growth in average weekly earnings. Quebec had a slight decrease (-0.5%) in average weekly earnings in April, although the province continues to show overall earnings growth with a year-to-date increase of 2.8%. Manitoba and Prince Edward Island were little changed.

Nationally, there was a decrease of 15,400 payroll jobs (-0.1%) in April, lowering the total estimated number of payroll jobs to 14,235,200. Growth among the provinces varied, with Manitoba showing the largest increase (+0.8%). Nationally, year-to-date employment growth is 0.1%.

The average hourly earnings for hourly paid employees edged up 0.2% in April to $18.95. The average weekly hours for hourly paid employees increased 0.3% to 31.3 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 May will be released on July 26.

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 revisions, concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Shirley Steller (613-951-6501), Labour Statistics Division.

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