Average weekly pay little changed in September from August, but higher than 2012

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $918 in September, little changed from $915 the previous month.

The agency says weekly earnings in September increased 1.9 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings outpaced the national average in three of the largest industrial sectors, led by construction, where wages were up 6.7 per cent to $1,220.

Average weekly earnings were also higher than the average in professional, scientific and technical services, where they grew 2.7 per cent to $1,291 and in the retail trade, where they rose 2.3 per cent to $537.

Year-over-year earnings of non-farm payroll employees grew in eight provinces, with the growth above the national average in Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Earnings in Manitoba and New Brunswick were little changed.