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Barbara Ruszel Economist
Tel: 902-424-1848Email:

August 30, 2017

Nova Scotians' average weekly earnings (including overtime, seasonally adjusted) increased $10.88 per week (1.3 per cent) from May 2017 to $856.93 in June 2017. The current level is up 2.4 per cent from its level in June of last year. Canadians' average weekly wages rose 0.3 per cent from May to $973.52 in May 2017, up 1.8 per cent from June 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 June in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, while three provinces reported declines and Prince Edward Island reported no change.

Through the first six months of 2017, average weekly wages have been growing fastest in the Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador (+2.4%), Quebec and Saskatchewan (+2.1%) and British Columbia (+2.0%). In year to date terms, Nova Scotia's average weekly wages have averaged 1.0 per cent above the levels reported for the same period in 2016. Average weekly wages were unchanged in Alberta compared with the average of the first six months of 2016.  

In June 2017, average weekly earnings decreased 0.7 per cent (on a month to month basis) in Nova Scotia's goods sectors while service sector average wages increased 1.6 per cent.

On a year-to-date basis, average weekly earnings are 1.0 per cent higher in the first six months of 2017, with a 2.0 per cent increase in the goods sector and a 0.7 per cent increase in the services-producing sector. Goods earnings showed increases in Construction and Manufacturing and in the services sector, the largest increases were seen in Finance & Insurance, Administrative & Support, and Education Services. 


In June 2017, Nova Scotia had 406,199 payroll employees, a 0.1 per cent increase from May, and a 0.6 per cent increase from levels observed in June of last year. Canada had 16.3 million employees, up 0.5 per cent from May 2017, and 1.8 per cent above levels observed in June 2016.



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

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