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The Daily

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
July 2007 (preliminary)

In July, the average weekly earnings of payroll employees (seasonally adjusted) increased $3.41 from June to $773.32. The year-to-date growth, calculated as the average of the first seven months of 2007 compared with the average of the same seven months in 2006, was 3.2%.

In Canada's largest industrial sectors, earnings grew for the first seven months of 2007 in manufacturing (+3.7%), in health and social assistance (+3.5%), and in educational services (+0.6%), and were little changed in retail trade.

Nationally, the number of occupied payroll jobs edged up 21,800 to 14,303,300 in July. Growth among the provinces varied, with Manitoba and British Columbia showing the strongest increase (+0.4%).

The industrial sectors showing the strongest employment growth in July were mining, oil and gas extraction (+1.5%), and transportation and warehousing (+1.4%).

The number of payroll jobs has grown 85,600 since the beginning of 2007 (+0.6%).

The average hourly earnings for hourly-paid employees edged up $0.09 in July to $19.09. The average weekly hours for hourly-paid employees declined to 31.2 (-0.6%).

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

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