WAGE GROWTH :- Alberta leads in growth in average weekly earnings
Year-over-year earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased in all provinces. The largest growth was in Alberta, Newfound
land and Labrador, British Columbia and Quebec, while the smallest was in Saskatchewan.
YEAR-OVER-YEAR GROWTH IN AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS BY PROVINCE, MARCH 2013 TO MARCH 2014
Newfoundland and Labrador 4.7
British Columbia 4.4
Nova Scotia 3.5
New Brunswick 3.4
Prince Edward Island 1.8
In the 12 months to March, average weekly earnings in Alberta grew by 4.9% to $1,147, with growth spread across most sectors.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, weekly earnings rose 4.7% to $993 in the 12 months to March, with notable growth in professional, scientific and technical services; transportation and warehousing; educational services; and health care and social assistance.
From a recent low of $863 in March 2013, average weekly earnings in British Columbia were up 4.4% to $901 in March 2014. Gains in this province were spread across most sectors. Weekly earnings in Quebec were up 4.1% to $842 in the 12 months to March, compared with a recent low of $808 in March 2013. All the gains were in the first 2 months of this 12-month period. In Saskatchewan, average weekly earnings were $961 in March 2013 before dropping to an average of nearly $950 for the rest of 2013. Gains in recent months brought the average up to $976 in March, for a year-over-year increase of 1.5%.