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Introduction

July 2017

Unemployment Rate

Employment Insurance

Labour Force Survey

Job Vacancies

Payroll Employment, Earnings & Hours


Unemployment Rate

 

Northeastern BC Unemployment Rates

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2008

4.3

5.0

5.9

6.2

6.3

5.8

5.0

4.5

3.6

2009

4.6

4.6

6.5

6.5

8.4

7.7

7.0

8.3

7.9

7.2

5.5

5.4

2010

4.9

4.4

4.6

5.3

6.9

7.5

7.2

6.7

7.6

7.6

6.4

7.1

2011

9.0

9.1

8.1

5.4

5.1

4.0

4.4

4.2

4.3

4.3

2012

3.7

3.6

4.2

3.9

4.8

4.3

4.8

4.4

3.8

2013

4.1

4.6

5.2

6.1

4.9

4.5

4.4

4.9

4.9

3.6

4.7

2014

6.6

7.4

8.2

8.6

8.0

5.9

4.7

4.1

4.0

2015

4.2

4.7

5.9

6.1

6.4

5.5

5.5

6.2

7.0

7.6

2016

8.5

9.2

9.7

9.4

9.6

9.2

8.8

8.6

9.4

9.7

10.0

10.5

2017

10.5

8.7

6.5

5.5

7.0

7.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In June 2017, the unemployment rate in BC is 5.1% and 7.9% in Alberta.

— : suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act


Employment Insurance

May 2017

In May, 525,300 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, down 12,800 (-2.4%) from April. This continues a downward trend that began in late autumn 2016, reflecting the relative strength observed in the economy.

Eight provinces recorded decreases in the number of beneficiaries, led by Alberta (-7.2%). Declines also occurred in British Columbia (-3.5%), Prince Edward Island (-3.3%), Nova Scotia (-2.8%), New Brunswick (-2.1%) and Quebec (-1.9%), as well as in Ontario (-1.3%) and Manitoba (-1.3%). On the other hand, beneficiaries increased in Newfoundland and Labrador (+2.7%), while they were little changed in Saskatchewan.

Compared with May 2016, the number of EI recipients declined by 4.9%, largely the result of decreases in Quebec, Alberta and Ontario. This is the second year-over-year decline observed since December 2014.

In general, changes in the number of beneficiaries reflect various situations, including people becoming beneficiaries, those going back to work, and those no longer receiving regular benefits.

 

Provincial and sub-provincial overview

In May, 72,000 people received regular EI benefits in Alberta, down 7.2% from the previous month. EI recipients in the province have been declining since December 2016, coinciding with improved labour market conditions after the downturn in oil prices. Data from the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey show that job vacancies in Alberta rose 9.3% on a year-over-year basis in the first quarter of 2017, the first increase since the first quarter of 2015, when data collection for the survey began. All areas in Alberta recorded decreases in the number of beneficiaries in May, including the census metropolitan areas (CMAs) of Edmonton (-7.5%) and Calgary (-6.9%).

In the 12 months to May, the number of EI recipients in Alberta declined by 11.1%—the first year-over-year decrease in the province since November 2014, when the downturn in oil prices began. The size of this decline is partly attributable to an atypical increase in beneficiaries in northern Alberta in May 2016, associated with the wildfires and evacuation of residents in that area. Over one-third (34.6%) of the decline in beneficiaries in the 12 months to May occurred in the census agglomeration (CA) of Wood Buffalo.

The number of beneficiaries in British Columbia fell 3.5% from the previous month to 50,900 in May. Declines were spread across the province, most notably in the CMAs of Abbotsford–Mission (-8.7%), Victoria (-3.7%) and Vancouver (-3.2%). Compared with May 2016, EI recipients declined 5.1%. The number of beneficiaries in British Columbia has been on a downward trend since November 2016. According to data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), employment in the province grew by 4.2% on a year-over-year basis, continuing an upward trend that began in spring 2015.

In Prince Edward Island, 7,700 people received benefits in May, down 3.3% from the previous month. Declines were observed throughout the province, driven by decreases in the CAs (-6.0%). Prince Edward Island was one of three provinces to post year-over-year increases, with a 3.4% rise in beneficiaries compared with May 2016.

In May, the number of people receiving benefits in Nova Scotia was down 2.8% to 27,300, a third consecutive monthly decline. Decreases were spread across the province, notably in the CMA of Halifax (-4.6%) and the CAs (-4.0%).

The number of beneficiaries in New Brunswick fell 2.1% to 32,000 in May. Declines occurred in the CMA of Moncton (-4.7%), the CAs (-3.7%) and areas outside the CMAs and CAs (-1.3%). In the 12 months to May, the number of beneficiaries declined by 1.1%, the first notable year-over-year decline since May 2016.

In Quebec, 129,800 people received benefits in May, down 1.9% from the previous month, continuing a downward trend that began last summer. Data from the LFS show that employment in the province has been on an upward trend since summer 2016, growing 2.0% on a year-over-year basis in May. The reduction in beneficiaries in May was driven by decreases in the CMAs, particularly Québec (-3.4%) and Montréal (-2.6%), which accounted for about two-thirds of the decline. Compared with May 2016, the number of beneficiaries in the province decreased by 8.8%. Among the provinces, Quebec had the second largest year-over-year decline, after Alberta.

The number of beneficiaries in Ontario decreased 1.3% from the previous month to 130,300 in May. There were declines in the CMAs of Brantford (-5.7%), Windsor (-4.0%) and Toronto (-3.5%), while there were increases in St. Catharines–Niagara (+5.5%), Thunder Bay (+4.2%), and Peterborough (+3.1%). From May 2016 to May 2017, the number of EI recipients in the province declined by 6.3%.

In Manitoba, 15,000 people received benefits in May, down 1.3% from the previous month. Most of the decline occurred in the CMA of Winnipeg (-3.3%). Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of beneficiaries in the province declined by 2.1%.

In May, the number of EI recipients in Newfoundland and Labrador rose 2.7% from the previous month to 39,400. Newfoundland and Labrador was the sole province to record an increase in beneficiaries in the month. Increases were observed throughout the province, with areas outside the CMA of St. John's and the CAs (+2.6%) accounting for most of the rise. On a year-over-year basis, the number of beneficiaries in Newfoundland and Labrador was up 12.8%, the largest increase among the provinces.

In Saskatchewan, the number of beneficiaries was little changed in May, although it was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis.

Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador were particularly affected by the downturn in oil prices that began in late 2014. However, while the number of beneficiaries in Alberta has been trending downward, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador have not seen similar declines.

 

Employment Insurance beneficiaries by occupation

In the 12 months to May, the number of beneficiaries fell in 5 of the 10 broad occupational groups. The decrease was led by natural and applied sciences and related occupations (-10.8%); trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations (-9.2%); and manufacturing and utilities occupations (-8.8%). There were also declines in natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations (-4.3%) and in business, finance and administration occupations (-3.0%).

On the other hand, there were increases in the number of beneficiaries whose last job was in art, culture, recreation and sport occupations (+10.3%) and in education, law and social, community and government services occupations (+5.0%). The remaining occupational groups were little changed.

 

Employment Insurance beneficiaries in major demographic groups

In May, all major demographic groups recorded decreases in the number of beneficiaries compared with the previous month, except for women aged 55 years and over, among whom there was little change. For men, there were fewer beneficiaries in all age groups, most notably for youth aged 15 to 24 (-3.3%) and men aged 25 to 54 (-3.1%). Among women, there were decreases for those aged 15 to 24 (-5.0%) and those aged 25 to 54 (-2.1%).

In the 12 months to May, the number of beneficiaries who were aged 55 years and over increased for both women (+8.5%) and men (+2.9%). On the other hand, the number of people receiving benefits declined for men aged 15 to 24 (-14.0%) and those aged 25 to 54 (-10.4%). There were fewer female beneficiaries aged 25 to 54 (-2.5%), while the number of beneficiaries for those aged 15 to 24 was unchanged.

 

Employment Insurance claims

The number of EI claims totalled 229,100 in May, down 4.4% from April and largely offsetting increases seen in that month. The number of claims provides an indication of the number of people who could become beneficiaries.

In May, the number of claims declined in seven provinces, driven by Newfoundland and Labrador (-31.3%). Smaller decreases occurred in Saskatchewan (-9.7%), Alberta (-6.1%) and Ontario (-4.2%).

On the other hand, the number of EI claims increased in Manitoba (+5.5%), Prince Edward Island (+3.5%) and New Brunswick (+1.7%).

Compared with 12 months earlier, EI claims were down 15.1% at the national level. The decrease largely reflects the sudden increase in claims that occurred in May 2016 due to the wildfires in northern Alberta, leading to the mandatory evacuation of Fort McMurray residents.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170720/dq170720a-eng.htm?CMP=mstatcan

 


Labour Force Survey

June 2017

Employment rose by 45,000 in June, mostly in part-time work. The unemployment rate was 6.5%, down 0.1 percentage points from the previous month.

Compared with 12 months earlier, there were 351,000 (+1.9%) more people employed. Most of the growth was in full-time work (+248,000 or +1.7%), while part-time employment was also up (+103,000 or +3.0%). The total number of hours worked increased 1.4% over this period.

In the second quarter of 2017, overall employment grew by 103,000 (+0.6%), the fourth consecutive quarter of strong employment growth and the largest quarterly increase since 2010. In the first half of 2017, employment grew by 186,000 (+1.0%), compared with 64,000 (+0.4%) over the first half of 2016.

 

Highlights

In June, employment rose among women aged 55 and older and edged up among core-aged women, while it was little changed for the other demographic groups.

Employment increased in Quebec and British Columbia.

More people were employed in professional, scientific and technical services, as well as in agriculture. At the same time, employment declined in business, building and other support services.

 

Continued gains for older workers

In June, employment gains were led by people aged 55 and older, with an increase of 31,000, mostly among women. The unemployment rate for people aged 55 and older was little changed at 5.8%. On a year-over-year basis, employment for this group rose by 133,000 (+3.6%), reflecting a longer term trend related to population aging.

People between the ages of 55 and 64 accounted for about 8 out of 10 workers aged 55 and older. Their estimated year-over-year employment growth rate (unadjusted for seasonality) was 2.5%, relatively in line with their population increase (+2.1%). In comparison, people aged 65 and older comprised a smaller share of older workers, but had the fastest year-over-year employment growth rate among the major demographic groups, rising 6.9% and outpacing their rate of population growth (+3.7%). For more information about recent trends among older workers, see "The impact of aging on labour market participation rates".

 

Core-age employment edges up for women, holds steady for men

Employment for women aged 25 to 54 edged up by 17,000 in June. Their unemployment rate remained the lowest among the major demographic groups at 5.2%. The employment rate, which is the employment-to-population ratio, has been trending upward for this group, rising 1.0 percentage points to 78.8% compared with 12 months earlier. Employment gains over this period totalled 86,000 (+1.5%).

Among men aged 25 to 54, employment held steady in June, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.7%. Compared with 12 months earlier, their unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points. Over the same period, employment among men in this age group rose by 89,000 (+1.4%), while their employment rate increased 1.0 percentage points to 86.0%.

 

Youth employment virtually unchanged

Following an increase in May, there was virtually no change in the number of employed youth in June. Their unemployment rate remained at 12.0%, but was down from 13.0% in June 2016. On a year-over-year basis, employment for this group was up 43,000 or 1.8%, while their population decreased 0.8%.

 

Summer employment for students

From May to August, the Labour Force Survey collects labour market data on youths aged 15 to 24 who were attending school full time in March and who intend to return to school full time in the fall. The June survey results provide an early indication of the summer job market, especially for students aged 20 to 24, as many younger students are still in school. Published data are not seasonally adjusted, therefore comparisons can only be made with data for the same month in previous years.

Compared with June 2016, employment among students aged 20 to 24 was virtually unchanged, while the employment rate rose 2.6 percentage points to 66.6%. Over the same period, the unemployment rate for this group of students was little changed at 9.4%.

 

Quebec and British Columbia lead employment gains

There were 28,000 more employed people in Quebec in June, and the unemployment rate remained at a record low of 6.0%. Employment in the province increased notably on a year-over-year basis, up 122,000 (+3.0%).

In British Columbia, employment rose by 20,000 and the unemployment rate declined 0.5 percentage points to 5.1%. On a year-over-year basis, employment grew by 104,000 (+4.4%). Employment in the province has been on a strong upward trend since the spring of 2015.

Employment in Alberta held steady in June, and the unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 7.4%. Compared with June 2016, employment in the province rose by 49,000 (+2.2%), virtually all in full-time work.

In Ontario, there was little change in the number of people working, and the unemployment rate was also little changed at 6.4%. On a year-over-year basis, employment in the province grew by 75,000 (+1.1%). Employment in the province was virtually unchanged in the first half of 2017, following an upward trend in the second half of 2016.

 

Quarterly update for the territories

The Labour Force Survey collects labour market data in the territories, produced in the form of three-month moving averages.

In the second quarter of 2017, employment in Yukon was down by 500 compared with the first quarter. At the same time, the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.1%.

In the Northwest Territories, employment in the second quarter was little changed from the previous quarter. Over the same period, the unemployment rate edged down 0.8 percentage points to 6.2%.

Employment in Nunavut rose by 500 in the second quarter, while the unemployment rate was 16.3%.

 

Largest increase in professional, scientific and technical services

In June, there were 27,000 more people working in professional, scientific and technical services. Employment in this industry rose by 66,000 (+4.7%) compared with 12 months earlier, making it the fastest-growing industry over this period. Most of the increase was in computer system design services.

Employment in agriculture increased by 12,000 in June. Employment in this industry was at virtually the same level as it was 12 months earlier.

There were 15,000 fewer people working in business, building and other support services in June, bringing year-over-year losses to 23,000 (-3.0%). This industry is broad and includes administrative and cleaning services to businesses and buildings, as well as employment services.

In June, the number of employees was little changed in both the private and public sectors. Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of private sector employees increased by 227,000 (+1.9%), while the number of public sector employees increased by 105,000 (+2.9%).

Self-employment edged up in June (+21,000), but was little changed on a year-over-year basis.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170707/dq170707a-eng.htm?CMP=mstatcan

Job Vacancies

First quarter 2017

Job vacancies rose by 58,000 (+17.5%) from the first quarter of 2016 to 388,000 in the first quarter of 2017. Over that same period, the job vacancy rate increased 0.4 percentage points to 2.5%. This was the second consecutive year-over-year increase in the number of vacancies and the job vacancy rate. All comparisons are on a year-over-year basis, unless otherwise specified.

The job vacancy rate refers to the share of jobs that are unfilled out of all available payroll jobs. It represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand; that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

Compared with the fourth quarter of 2016, the number of job vacancies (unadjusted for seasonality) in the first quarter of 2017 was little changed in Canada, while the job vacancy rate rose 0.1 percentage points. By comparison, both the number of job vacancies (-7.5%) and the job vacancy rate (-0.2 percentage points) fell from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016.

 

Job vacancies rise in six provinces, including a first-time increase in Alberta

The number of job vacancies rose in six provinces, led by Ontario and Quebec. Job vacancies decreased in Saskatchewan as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador, and were little changed in Nova Scotia and Manitoba. In the territories, job vacancies fell in the Northwest Territories and Yukon, and were little changed in Nunavut.

Job vacancies in Ontario were up 33,000 (+23.9%) to 171,000, a third consecutive year-over-year increase in the province. The job vacancy rate in Ontario rose 0.5 percentage points to 2.8%, with notable vacancy increases in the economic regions of Toronto and Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula. Compared with the previous year, job vacancies for both full-time (+27,000) and part-time (+5,600) work rose in Ontario.

In Quebec, the number of job vacancies rose by 15,000 (+28.1%) to 68,000, with increases observed throughout the province. Most of the growth was for full-time work and permanent positions. Compared with one year ago, the job vacancy rate in Quebec rose 0.4 percentage points to 2.0%. The number of employees grew 1.9% over the same period, compared with a national rate of 1.5%. According to the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the unemployment rate decreased from 7.5% in 2016 to 6.3%.

Job vacancies in British Columbia rose by 7,000 (+11.4%) to 68,000 in the first quarter and the job vacancy rate increased 0.2 percentage points to 3.2%. British Columbia has had the highest job vacancy rate among the provinces since the third quarter of 2015. Growth in job vacancies was concentrated in Lower Mainland–Southwest, which accounted for about 81% of the rise in vacancies in the province. More than 90% of the increase in job vacancies was for full-time positions.

Job vacancies in Alberta rose by 3,600 (+9.3%) to 43,000, and the job vacancy rate was up 0.2 percentage points to 2.2%. This was the first year-over-year increase for Alberta in the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate since the first quarter of 2015, when data were first collected. Increases in vacancies for full-time positions accounted for 59% of the year-over-year rise in total job vacancies. Recent data from the LFS point to improved labour market conditions in Alberta. Following notable declines from the fall of 2015 to the summer of 2016, employment has increased while the unemployment rate has trended downward since November 2016.

New Brunswick employers reported 5,700 job vacancies in the first quarter, 900 (+19.7%) more than the previous year. The additional job vacancies were concentrated in full-time and permanent positions. Over this period, the job vacancy rate in the province was up 0.3 percentage points to 2.0%.

In contrast, year-over-year declines in the number of job vacancies in Saskatchewan continued in the first quarter, with vacancies decreasing by 1,000 (-10.5%) to 8,500. Notable declines were recorded in retail trade as well as in accommodation and food services. However, job vacancies rose in several sectors, including mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction, and manufacturing. In the first quarter, the vacancy rate was down to 1.8% from 2.0% one year earlier.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, job vacancies were down by 400 (-10.3%) to 3,100 in the first quarter. The decrease in vacancies was concentrated in Avalon Peninsula. Compared with one year earlier, the job vacancy rate in Newfoundland and Labrador was down 0.2 percentage points to 1.5%, the lowest rate in the country.

 

Increase in the number of vacancies and the job vacancy rate in the 10 largest industrial sectors

On a year-over-year basis, the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate in the first quarter were up in the 10 largest industrial sectors. Within these large sectors, the biggest increases in the job vacancy rate were in administrative and support services (up 0.9 percentage points to 4.2%); transportation and warehousing (up 0.6 percentage points to 2.7%); and construction (up 0.5 percentage points to 2.8%).

Most of the smaller sectors (in terms of employment) also registered increases in the number of vacancies and their job vacancy rates. For example, the job vacancy rate in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting rose to 5.3% in the first quarter, up from 3.9% the previous year. The rate in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction also increased, rising 1.1 percentage points to 1.9%. This was the second consecutive year-over-year increase in the job vacancy rate for this sector. Alberta accounted for 56% of the net increase in vacancies in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.

Within mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction, the rise in job vacancies was mainly the result of increases in support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction (+1,400) as well as mining and quarrying (except oil and gas) (+700). The number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate were also up in oil and gas extraction, but to a lesser extent.

These increases were likely interrelated, with an increase in overall job vacancies (+1,000) observed in three detailed occupation groups related to mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction: mine service workers and operators in oil and gas drilling; underground miners, oil and gas drillers; and contractors and supervisors in mining, oil and gas.

 

Widespread increases in job vacancies across broad occupational categories

The number of job vacancies was up in 9 of the 10 broad occupational categories in the first quarter. The exception was management occupations, where vacancies were little changed compared with the same quarter in 2016. The largest increases in job vacancies were in trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations (+15,000); and business, finance and administration occupations (+8,600).

Ontario (+6,500), Quebec (+3,600) and Alberta (+3,300) had the largest increases in trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations. These three provinces also contributed the most to the rise in job vacancies in business, finance and administration occupations.

Within trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations, notable year-over-year increases were observed for motor vehicle and transit drivers (+3,400) and longshore workers and material handlers (+1,700). General office workers (+1,300) and human resources and business service professionals (+1,300) had among the largest increases within business, finance and administration occupations.

 

The average offered hourly wage increases in six provinces

Nationally, the average offered hourly wage was up $0.55 or 2.8% to $20.40 in the first quarter, compared with $19.85 during the same month one year earlier.

Changes in the average offered hourly wage can reflect a variety of factors, including wage growth and changes in the composition of job vacancies by occupation, by sector and between part- and full-time positions.

The average offered hourly wage rose in six provinces, with New Brunswick registering the largest year-over-year growth. The offered wage fell in three provinces, including Quebec, where a 44% increase in the number of job vacancies in retail trade (a sector with relatively low wages) contributed to the decrease in the provincial offered wage.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170713/dq170713a-eng.htm?CMP=mstatcan

Payroll Employment, Earnings & Hours

May 2017

Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $972 in May, virtually unchanged from April but up 2.0% from 12 months earlier.

In general, changes in weekly earnings reflect a number of factors, including wage growth; changes in the composition of employment by industry, occupation and level of job experience; and average hours worked per week.

Non-farm payroll employees worked an average of 32.7 hours per week in May, up from 32.6 hours the previous month but down from 32.8 hours in May 2016.

 

Average weekly earnings by sector

In the 12 months to May, average weekly earnings rose in 7 of the 10 largest industrial sectors, led by professional, scientific and technical services. Earnings declined in retail trade and were little changed in manufacturing and construction.

Average weekly earnings in professional, scientific and technical services rose 4.9% to $1,351. Earnings growth was driven by gains in computer systems design and related services; and architectural, engineering and related services. Gains were widespread across the provinces, most notably in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario. Part of the increase was also due to earnings in this sector being at a relatively low point in May 2016.

In administrative and support services, average weekly earnings grew 4.0% to $813, with growth spread across most industries. The largest increases were in British Columbia and Ontario.

Average weekly earnings in health care and social assistance were up 3.5% to $895, bolstered by earnings growth in general medical and surgical hospitals and nursing care facilities. Earnings were up in six provinces, led by Saskatchewan and Ontario.

In accommodation and food services, average weekly earnings increased 3.4% to $380. Earnings were boosted by gains in full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places.

Average weekly earnings in public administration grew 3.3% to $1,259. Earnings growth in local, municipal and regional public administration contributed the most to the rise. Ontario and Manitoba had the largest increase in average weekly earnings among the provinces in this sector.

In wholesale trade, average weekly earnings were up 2.8% to $1,194, with the largest gains among wholesalers of building material and supplies as well as miscellaneous wholesalers. Most of the earnings growth in this sector occurred in the first quarter of 2017.

Average weekly earnings in educational services rose 2.8% to $1,043, driven by gains in elementary and secondary schools. Earnings in this sector were up most notably in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

On the other hand, average weekly earnings in retail trade fell 1.3% to $562, most notably in general merchandise stores. The largest decreases in this sector were in Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta.

 

Average weekly earnings by province

In the 12 months to May, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased in eight provinces, led by Manitoba. Earnings were little changed in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

Average weekly earnings in Manitoba rose 3.1% to $915. Earnings growth was driven by increases in finance and insurance; transportation and warehousing; and public administration. Most of the earnings growth occurred since October 2016.

In British Columbia, average weekly earnings were up 2.5% to $940, with notable increases in professional, scientific and technical services; administrative and support services; and manufacturing.

Average weekly earnings in Quebec rose 2.4% to $895, led by health care and social assistance; educational services; and professional, scientific and technical services.

In Nova Scotia, average weekly earnings grew 2.2% to $849, with the largest increases in educational services and construction. Part of the growth was also due to earnings in the province being at a relatively low point 12 months earlier.

Average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan increased 2.0% to $1,005, boosted by gains in health care and social assistance; educational services; and public administration.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, average weekly earnings grew 1.7% to $1,034, primarily driven by construction. At the same time, declines in earnings in manufacturing moderated the overall increase in the province.

Average weekly earnings in Alberta rose 1.7% to $1,120. While this was the first year-over-year increase in the province since the spring of 2015, it was mostly attributable to earnings being at a relatively low point in May 2016. The most notable gains were in professional, scientific and technical services; accommodation and food services; and transportation and warehousing.

In Ontario, average weekly earnings were up 1.6% to $987. The growth was mostly attributable to professional, scientific and technical services; public administration; as well as health care and social assistance.

 

Non-farm payroll employment by sector

The total number of non-farm payroll employees increased by 19,600 (+0.1%) from April. The number of payroll jobs grew the most in finance and insurance; and professional, scientific and technical services. At the same time, the number of payroll employees was down in construction, and arts, entertainment and recreation.

Compared with May 2016, the number of payroll employees rose by 249,200 (+1.6%). Increases were observed across the majority of the sectors, led by health care and social assistance (+34,800 or +1.9%); accommodation and food services (+29,300 or +2.3%); and professional, scientific and technical services (+29,000 or +3.4%).

 

Recent labour market developments

In the 12 months to May, the pace of employment growth has been similar in both of Statistics Canada's monthly surveys with data on employment: the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (SEPH) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

During this period, both surveys showed similar trends in employment in professional, scientific and technical services. The number of payroll employees in the SEPH grew 3.4% and has been on an upward trend since the end of the summer of 2016, while average weekly earnings were up 4.9%. At the same time, the LFS showed similar growth in total employment, which has been on an upward trend since the fall of 2016.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170727/dq170727a-eng.htm?CMP=mstatcan