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Barbara Ruszel Economist
Tel: 902-424-1848Email: Basia.Ruszel-Lichodzijewska@novascotia.ca

September 28, 2017
EMPLOYMENT, EARNINGS AND HOURS, JULY 2017

Nova Scotians' average weekly earnings (including overtime, seasonally adjusted) increased $0.67 per week (0.1 per cent) from June 2017 to $862.15 in July 2017. The current level is up 2.1 per cent from its level in July of last year. Canadians' average weekly wages fell 0.1 per cent from June to $970.47 in July 2017, up 1.8 per cent from July of last year.  

In general, changes in weekly earnings reflect a number of factors, including wage growth; changes in the composition of employment by industry, occupation and level of job experience; and average hours worked per week.

Across the country, monthly average wages were up for July in Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, while the other six provinces reported declines.

Through the first seven months of 2017, average weekly wages have been growing fastest in the Manitoba (+2.4%), British Columbia (+2.2%), and Quebec and Saskatchewan (both +2.1%). In year to date terms, Nova Scotia's average weekly wages have averaged 1.2 per cent above the levels reported for the same period in 2016.   



In July 2017, average weekly earnings increased 0.3 per cent (on a month to month basis) in Nova Scotia's goods sectors while service sector average wages remained unchanged.

On a year-to-date basis, average weekly earnings are 1.2 per cent higher in the first seven months of 2017, with a 1.6 per cent increase in the goods sector and a 1.1 per cent increase in the services-producing sector. Goods earnings showed increases in Construction and in the services sector, the largest increases were seen in Management of Companies and Administrative & Support. 



EMPLOYMENT

In July 2017, Nova Scotia had 407,348 payroll employees, a 0.2 per cent increase from June, and a 1.4 per cent increase from levels observed in July of last year. Canada had 16.3 million employees, up 0.1 per cent from June 2017, and 1.9 per cent above levels observed in July 2016.

 

 REFERENCE TABLES - YEAR-TO-DATE AVERAGE

Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Employment, Payroll, and Hours. CANSIM Table 281-0063, 281-0049



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