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Average weekly earnings in province up in December

Average weekly earnings climbed a little higher in Manitoba during the final month of 2013, according to new Statistics Canada data released today.

The agency said weekly earnings increased by 1.4 per cent, or $11.66, to $863.93. That gave Manitoba the sixth highest weekly earnings rate among the provinces, ahead of Quebec and the three Maritime provinces.

December’s average earnings were also 2.7 per cent higher than a year earlier, when they sat at $841.29 per week.

Statistics Canada also released the payroll employee numbers for December. They showed a 0.5 per cent decline in the number of employees from November to December — 581,200 versus 583,900.

That was the second-biggest percentage decline among the seven provinces that saw a reduction in payroll employees, which are people who work for someone as opposed to being self employed.

But despite the month-to-month decline, December’s total was still 1.4 per cent higher than in December 2012, when there were 573,300 payroll employees working in the province.

Nationally, weekly earnings in Canada rose by 0.9 per cent from November to December — $933.36 versus $924.59 — and were up 2.9 per cent from a year earlier.

The number of payroll employees dipped by 0.1 per cent from November to December. But the December total of 15.5 million was still one percentage point higher than in December 2012.

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