Inflation was double wage growth in August
The change in average earnings was uneven across industries
By Rob Roach, ATB Economics 27 October 2022 less than a minute
Average weekly earnings in Alberta were up by 3.0% in August compared to 12 months earlier. The inflation rate in Alberta over this same period was, however, 6.0%.
It was a similar story nationally, with earnings up by 3.2% while inflation more than doubled at 7.0%.
It is important to keep in mind that “shifts in average weekly earnings can reflect a number of factors, including changes in wages, in the composition of employment and in hours worked.”
Industries in Alberta with above average earnings growth in August include finance and insurance (+15.5%); information and culture (+12.0%), oil and gas extraction (+7.5%), and real estate (+7.4%).
Industries that saw average earnings go down include forestry (-7.5%), arts, entertainment and recreation (-5.6%) educational services (-3.9%), and health care and social assistance (-2.6%).
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