Canadian non-farm payroll employees earned slightly more in May than in the month before.

Data from Statistics Canada shows an average weekly wage of $998, up 0.4% while average hours worked were virtually unchanged at 32.8. On a year-over-year basis, wages were up 2.9%.

The largest annual pay rises were for retail employees (up 5.8% to an average $589 per week) and those in public administration (up 4.9% to $1,320).

In the 12 months to May, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased in eight provinces, led by Quebec (up 3.5% to $929) and Alberta (up 3.4% to $1,150). Earnings were little changed in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as in Saskatchewan.

In Ontario, average weekly earnings increased 3.1% to $1,016; In British Columbia, average earnings were up 2.1% to $960 per week; In Manitoba, average weekly earnings also grew 3.1% in the 12 months to May to $937; In Nova Scotia, average weekly earnings increased 2.7% to $869.



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