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Manitoba's average weekly earnings see largest increase in country

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Manitoba vaulted past Quebec on the provincial earnings ladder after seeing the biggest monthly increase in average weekly earnings in the country in November, Statistics Canada said today.

The agency said weekly earnings in Manitoba jumped by 3.3 per cent to $857.06 from $829.50 on October, while Quebec saw its earnings drop by 2.7 per cent to $832.34.

That left Manitoba in sixth place on the earnings ladder. Resources-rich Alberta and Saskatchewan continue to lead the pack, with average weekly earnings of $1,131.40 and $967.45 respectively.

The national average in November was $927.61 — down 0.9 per cent from October.

Statistics Canada also released the payroll employee figures for November, and there the news wasn’t as rosy for Manitoba.

The number of payroll employees — people who work for someone as opposed to being self employed — declined by 1.9 per cent to 581,700 from 592,700 in October. However, November’s total was still 0.8 per cent, or 4,600 employees, higher than it was in November 2012.

Nationally, the number of payroll employees fell 0.2 per cent from October to November — 15.46 million versus 15.49 million — but was still up 0.8 per cent from a year earlier.

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