Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Editorial News
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - ONLINE EDITION

Weekly earnings up, employment down

AVERAGE weekly earnings were up for the third straight month in Manitoba in December, new Statistics Canada figures show.

The agency said Tuesday earnings grew by 0.8 per cent to $842.10 from $835.82 in November. The increase was the third-largest among the provinces after a 1.2 per cent jump in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba also had the third-biggest year-over-year earnings gain at 4.1 per cent. Saskatchewan and Alberta were the leaders there, as well, with increases of five per cent and 4.2 per cent respectively.

With December's gain, Manitoba continued to have the sixth-highest average weekly earnings among the provinces, ahead of Quebec and the three Maritime provinces.

On the jobs front, the news was less encouraging. Statistics Canada said Manitoba lost 4,600 payroll jobs from November to December, as the number of payroll employees fell to 571,500 from 576,100 in November.

However, even with the decline, there were still 5,000 more payroll workers in Manitoba than in December 2011 when there were 566,500, the agency said.

It said Manitoba was one of eight provinces to see a reduction in the number of payroll employees in December. The other two provinces saw no change in their numbers.

Payroll employees are people who work for someone, as opposed to being self employed.

The Statistics Canada report was one of two employment-related reports released on Tuesday.

The Conference Board of Canada released its help-wanted index report for January and it showed job prospects are looking up again in Winnipeg.

The Ottawa-based think-tank said a January survey of 79 job-posting websites in Canada showed an increase in help-wanted postings in 25 of 27 Canadian cities, including Winnipeg, suggesting labour markets are on the rebound.

-- Murray McNeill

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Submit a Random Act of Kindness
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media