Real average weekly earnings in January 2009
February 24, 2009
Real average weekly earnings fell by 0.1 percent from December to January after seasonal adjustment.
A 0.3-percent increase in average hourly earnings was offset by a 0.3-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Average weekly hours were unchanged.
Average weekly earnings rose by 2.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, from January 2008 to January 2009. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings increased by 3.4 percent.
These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics Program. These data are for production and nonsupervisory workers in private nonfarm establishments. Earnings data are preliminary and subject to revision. Find out more in "Real Earnings in January 2009" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 9-0172.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real average weekly earnings in January 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/feb/wk4/art02.htm (visited November 26, 2015).
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