OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose to $886.45 in February, up 0.2 per cent from January.
On a year-over-year basis, earnings rose 1.8 per cent.
The agency says the annual increase reflects a number of factors, such as wage growth and changes in the composition of employment by industry, occupation and level of job experience.
The year-over-year growth in weekly earnings was slowed by a fourth straight monthly decline in hours worked.
On an annual basis, wage growth in the construction and wholesale trade sectors outpaced the 1.8 per cent national average.
Average weekly earnings increased in every province in the 12 months to February and growth was above the national average in six provinces, with Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador leading the way.