By Judy McKinnon

Average weekly earnings of nonfarm payroll employees in Canada rose 0.4% in September from a year ago and edged down 0.1% from August, Statistics Canada said Thursday.

Weekly earnings averaged 957 Canadian dollars ($709) in the month, the agency said.

Of the 10 biggest industrial sectors tracked by the data agency, only retail trade showed a notable gain, rising 3.4% from a year earlier. Average weekly earnings in wholesale trade declined 2.6% over the 12-month period and healthcare and social assistance earnings were down 1.2%. Other sectors were little changed, the agency said.

Employees worked an average 32.7 hours a week in September, unchanged from August and down slightly from 33 hours a year earlier.

The total number of nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 65,200, or 0.4%, in September. On a 12-month basis, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 217,100, or 1.4%.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 24, 2016 09:07 ET (14:07 GMT)

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