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

November 30, 2017

Nova Scotians' average weekly earnings (including overtime, seasonally adjusted) increased $2.04 per week (0.2 per cent) from August 2017 to $871.04 in September 2017. The current level is up 2.3 per cent from its level in September of last year. Canadians' average weekly wages were up 1.0 per cent from August to $985.95 in September 2017, up 3.1 per cent from September 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 in all provinces except PEI, where wages dipped 0.1% month to month. In Ontario, wages were up 1.5 per cent monthly. Year over year, all provinces saw increases, save for PEI, which were down 1.9 per cent compared to a year ago. 

Through the first nine months of 2017, average weekly wages have been growing fastest in the Manitoba and Quebec (+2.4%). In year to date terms, Nova Scotia's average weekly wages have averaged 1.4 per cent above the levels reported for the same period in 2016.   

In September 2017, average weekly earnings increased 1.2per cent (on a month to month basis) in Nova Scotia's goods sectors while service sector average wages were up 0.5 per cent. 

On a year-to-date basis, average weekly earnings are 1.4 per cent higher in the first nine months of 2017, with a 1.7 per cent increase in the goods sector and a 1.3 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 Administration & support services. 


In September 2017, Nova Scotia had 410,213 payroll employees, a 0.5 per cent increase from August, and a 1.8 per cent increase from levels observed in September of last year. Canada had 16.4 million employees, up 0.1 per cent from August 2017, and 2.1 per cent above levels observed in September 2016.

Nova Scotia's payroll employment has been trending upwards since 2014. Year to date average estimates for 2017 are 0.9 per cent higher than the first nine months of 2016 and are 0.7 per cent higher than the 2016 average.


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

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