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October 2008 (preliminary) (Previous release)

The average weekly earnings of employees increased 0.3% from September to $801.24 in October.

Compared with October 2007, average weekly earnings rose 3.0%.

Between October 2007 and October 2008, among Canada's largest industrial sectors, earnings increased by 8.8% in accommodation and food services, 4.5% in health and social assistance, 3.5% in educational services, 1.8% in retail trade, and 1.7% in manufacturing.

The strongest year-over-year earnings growth was reported in Alberta (+4.3%), Nova Scotia (+4.1%), and Saskatchewan (+4.0%).

The number of employees in October rose 19,200 (+0.1%) from the previous month.

Since October 2007, the number of employees has increased by 212,500 (+1.5%).

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 November will be released on January 28, 2009.

For more information, or to order data, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-866-873-8788; 613-951-4090; To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Benjamen Lee (613-951-4067), Labour Statistics Division.

Table 1
Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees

Table 2
Number of employees