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November sees weekly earnings slip in Manitoba

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Manitoba dropped another rung on the average weekly earnings ladder in November, new Statistics Canada figures show.

The agency said earnings in Manitoba rose by only 0.4 per cent from October to November, compared to a one per cent gain in Quebec. That enabled Quebec to leap-frog past Manitoba into sixth place on the provincial earnings ladder, at $841.85 per week versus $839.45 for Manitoba.

Alberta continues to have the highest average weekly earnings, at $1,085.89. The national average for November was $910.77.

Canada’s November earnings were up 0.5 per cent from October and 3.2 per cent from a year earlier. Manitoba’s November-to-November increase was 3.4 per cent.

Statistics Canada also released the non-farm payroll employment figures for November. They showed an increase of only 0.1 per cent from October to November in the number of payroll employees in Manitoba — 576,500 versus 576,100. The year-over-year gain was 1.8 per cent.

Nationally, payroll employment was unchanged from October to November, at 15.3 million, and up 1.5 per cent from a year earlier, the agency said.

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

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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