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Average weekly earnings in province down

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WINNIPEG — It’s been easy come, easy go for Manitoba’s payroll employees in the early stages of 2012.

New Statistics Canada figures released today show January’s 1.5 per cent increase in average weekly earnings in Manitoba was followed by a 0.7 per cent decline in February.

Manitoba’s decline, coupled with a 1.8 per cent gain in Quebec, also means the two provinces have swapped places again on the provincial earnings ladder.

Quebec climbed back into sixth spot, at $815.60 per week, while Manitoba dropped down to seventh, at $815.06, after leapfrogging ahead of its eastern counterpart in January.

Nationally, average weekly earnings in Canada rose by 0.2 per cent to $886.45 in February from $884.97 in January. Alberta remained on top of the earnings ladder at $1,057.57.

StatsCan also released the payroll-employment numbers for February. They showed there were 568,300 payroll employees in Manitoba in February, which was an increase of 0.4 per cent from January’s total of 566,200.

Nationally, non-farm payroll employment dipped by 0.1 per cent to 15.01 million from 15.03 million in January.

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

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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