Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Business Watch

  • Print

Weekly earnings, employment down

Average weekly earnings and payroll employment in Manitoba both took a hit in the first month of 2014, new Statistics Canada data show.

The agency said Monday that weekly earnings declined by 1.6 per cent, or $14.16, to $853.01 from $867.17 in December.

The good news was that, despite the month-over-month decline, January's earnings were still 3.3 per cent higher than in January 2013, when they were at $825.78.

The number of payroll employees, meanwhile, dipped by 0.5 per cent, or 3,100 workers, to 579,200 from 582,300 in December.

But as was the case with earnings, January's employee total was still higher than a year earlier -- 0.7 per cent higher, to be exact -- when there were 575,300 payroll employees in the province.

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

Manitoba's monthly drop in earnings was the second-biggest provincial decline after Prince Edward Island's 1.7 per cent. And the monthly dip in the number of payroll employees was the largest. Nationally, average weekly earnings were virtually unchanged from December to January, at $924.77, but up three per cent from a year earlier.

And the number of payroll employees was also virtually unchanged at 15.5 million, up one per cent from the previous January.

 

Manitoba HQ workers up

The number of head office employees in Manitoba grew at the fastest pace in the country from 2011 to 2012, even though the number of head offices remained unchanged at 109, Statistics Canada figures show.

The agency said Monday the number of workers here grew by 3.5 per cent to 6,728 in 2012 from 6,500 in 2011. That followed a 0.2 per cent decline from 2010 to 2011. Manitoba's gain was more than triple the national average increase of 0.8 per cent. Statistics Canada said there were 222,294 head-office employees in Canada in 2012, versus 220,623 in 2011.

For confidentiality reasons, the agency wouldn't disclose which Manitoba head offices added workers, or if they were headquartered in Winnipeg or in one of the province's rural centres.

Provincially, Ontario continued to boast the greatest concentration of head offices and head-office employees in Canada, followed by Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.

And in terms of cities, Toronto had the largest number of head offices, at 726, and the largest number of head-office employees, at 73,380. Montreal was second, with 397 head offices and 40,824 head-office workers.

Statistics Canada noted more than two-thirds of Canada's 2,816 head offices in 2012 were located in just eight cities -- Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa-Gatineau, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Quebec City.

 

CRTC hangs up on telemarketers

OTTAWA -- The country's communications regulator is hanging up on telemarketers.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it will maintain the rules that prevent automated calling devices from contacting people who don't want the calls.

The Canadian Marketing Association had wanted the rules eased so businesses with existing customer relationships could make automated calls to people without having their express consent.

But the CRTC says the existing rules, designed to reduce undue inconvenience to Canadians, will stand.

The regulator has also tightened the rules, giving telemarketers 14 days to remove numbers from their calling lists when Canadians request to be placed on a business's internal do-not-call list. The grace period used to be 31 days.

As well, telemarketers using automated calling devices will be required to say up front why they're calling.

 

GM recalls 1.5 million vehicles

DETROIT -- General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide -- including 145,700 in Canada -- because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working, making them harder to steer.

The new recall brings to 6.3 million the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February. The initial recall -- now at 2.6 million small cars for an ignition-switch defect -- prompted the automaker to name a new safety chief and speed up the review of cases that might lead to recalls.

GM said it expects recall-related costs to total $750 million in the first quarter, including $300 million for the ignition-switch recall.

Included in the new recall are:

  •  Chevrolet Malibu from the 2004-2005 model years, plus some 2006, 2008 and 2009 model-year cars.
  •  Chevrolet Malibu Maxx from the 2004-2005 model years, plus some 2006 model-year cars.
  • Chevrolet HHR from the 2009-2010 model years (non-turbocharged only).
  •  Some Chevrolet Cobalts from the 2010 model year.
  •  Some Saturn Auras from the 2008-2009 model years.
  •  Saturn Ion from the 2004-2007 model years.
  •  Pontiac G6 from the 2005 model year, plus some cars from the 2006, 2008 and 2009 model years.

GM says no deaths related to the defect have been reported.

GM dealers will replace the power-steering motor and other parts for free.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 1, 2014 B5

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Key of Bart - I Just Want A Race

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Young goslings jostle for position to take a drink from a puddle in Brookside Cemetery Thursday morning- Day 23– June 14, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What do you think of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comment that Tina Fontaine’s slaying was a crime, and not part of a larger sociological problem?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google