Average weekly earnings in Manitoba grew at the slowest pace in the country between June of last year and June of this year, new Statistics Canada figures show.
The agency said today that Manitoba’s payroll employees — people who work for someone as opposed to being self employed — earned an average of $836.09 per week in June of this year. That’s only $3.69, or 0.5 per cent, more than they were earning in June of 2012.
Workers in neighbouring Saskatchewan, meanwhile, were earning $38.17 more — $952.63 per week — for a percentage gain of 4.2 per cent. That was the largest percentage improvement in the country.
Canada fell in between those two extremes, with a year-over-year earnings of 2.6 per cent. Statistics Canada said Canadians were earning an average of $918.67 a week in June — $22.85 more per week than in June of last year.
Statistics Canada’s payroll and earnings report also included month-over-month data. It showed Manitoba was one of seven provinces to see an increase in average weekly earnings from May to June of this year.
But once again, it’s increase was one of the smallest, at 0.5 per cent. Newfoundland and Labrador had the smallest, at 0.3 per cent, while Saskatchewan once again had the largest at 1.4 per cent.
Canada’s month-over-month increase was 0.2 per cent.
June’s slight gain left Manitoba had the fourth lowest average weekly earnings in the country, ahead of only the three Maritime provinces. Alberta had the highest, at $1,109.80 per week.