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Canada August Average Earnings Grow Slowest Since November 2009

October 27, 2011

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The average weekly earnings of non- farm payroll employees increased by 1.9 percent in August, Statistics Canada said today, the slowest annual increase since November 2009.

The number of employees on payrolls rose by 4,800 in August to 14.98 million, a gain of 1.6 percent from a year earlier, Statistics Canada said.

The average length of the workweek in August rose 0.3 percent from the prior month to 32.9 hours, a drop of 0.3 percent on the year.

Statistics Canada’s main employment report, the labor force survey of households, reported a job loss of 5,500 in August and a gain of 60,900 in September. The agency also reported year- over-year inflation rates of 3.1 percent for August and 3.2 percent for September.

--Editor: Paul Badertscher

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To contact the reporter on this story: Ilan Kolet in Ottawa at ikolet@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net; Christopher Wellisz at cwellisz@bloomberg.net


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