May 29, 2014 7:13 pm

BC workers earning 21 per cent less than those in Alberta: Stats Canada

An oil pump works at sunset March 7, 2013.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali

VANCOUVER – The average amount earned by employed British Columbians is up 4.4 per cent over last year, but workers here still earn 21 per cent less than those in Alberta.

Statistics Canada says the average worker in B.C. earned $909 a week in March 2014, up from $863 in March 2013.

In Alberta, the weekly average was $1,147 — a jump of 4.9 per cent year-over-year and 21 per cent higher than in B.C.

Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador also beat out B.C. — with average weekly earnings of $976 and $993 respectively.

Total employment numbers fell 45,300 in March, following decline of 24,200 in February. Despite two months of declines, employment was still 0.2 per cent higher than in March 2013.

The largest declines in March were in construction; health care and social assistance; transportation and warehousing; manufacturing and educational services.

Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees – Seasonally adjusted

Statistics Canada

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