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February 2003     Vol. 4, no. 2

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

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