Issue 18-131 Average Weekly Earnings

July 26, 2018

Average weekly earnings (including overtime) of payroll employees in British Columbia were $959.86 in May (seasonally adjusted, current dollars), $7.11 higher than in the previous month (+0.7%). Earnings were up considerably in the goods-producing sector (+2.7%), particularly in construction (+3.5%). Meanwhile, the services sector saw a more moderate increase (+0.4%), with boosts in some industries, like educational services (+2.7%) and arts, entertainment and recreation (+3.4%), offsetting declines in several others.  Compared with a year earlier, average weekly earnings were up 2.1% in the province.

Nationally, average weekly earnings stood at $998.37, an increase of $4.35 (+0.4%) from April.

Data Source: Statistics Canada