Average payroll earnings up 0.2 per cent in April: Stats Can

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OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose 0.2 per cent to $910 in April compared with March.

It says earnings were up 2.2 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings outpaced the national average in six of the largest industrial sectors, led by professional, scientific and technical services as well as public administration.

In professional, scientific and technical services, average weekly earnings rose by 3.7 per cent to $1,291, while wages in public administration were also up 3.7 per cent to $1,163.

Weekly earnings in retail trade edged down 0.6 per cent to $524 in the 12 months to April.

The agency says earnings in retail trade have been hovering around this level for a year, as small gains in hourly earnings have been offset by declines in average weekly hours.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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