Quality of jobs added in 2002
Martin Tabi and Stéphanie Langlois
The average hourly wage continued to rise, reaching $17.66 in 2002. The 2.8% increase between 2001 and 2002 was higher than the average annual growth in the consumer price index in 2002 (2.2%).
Part-time employment grew by 7.7% (213,000) between December 2001 and December 2002, the largest annual increase since 1981.
Although seven provinces increased their minimum wage in 2002, the proportion of employees paid at this level was 4.7%, down slightly from the previous year (-0.1%).
The majority of jobs with the largest gains were full-time and had an average weekly wage higher than for all employees.
The authors are with the Labour Statistics Division.
Martin Tabi can be reached at (613) 951-5269, Stéphanie
Langlois at (613) 951-3180; or both at email@example.com.