Employment recovering in Canada

August 7, 2020

By CIC News |

Statistics Canada data show that the coronavirus lockdown caused a sharper decline and recovery than previous economic downturns.

Newly-released data on payroll, and earning hours from May show how easing coronavirus-related restrictions is affecting employment in Canada.

Average weekly earnings increased in May, according to the Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours. This Statistics Canada survey provides monthly information on payroll employment, earnings and hours worked in Canada. Though it predates the pandemic, it is currently monitoring the impact of coronavirus on Canadian employment along with the Labour Force Survey.

Though the total number of employees on payroll declined 1.8%, the average weekly earnings rose 2% to $1,139 in May. Average weekly earnings are calculated by dividing total weekly earnings by the number of employees.

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