Real earnings in August 2011
September 21, 2011
Real average hourly earnings for all employees fell 0.6 percent from July to August, seasonally adjusted. This decrease stemmed from a 0.1-percent decrease in average hourly earnings and a 0.4-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).
From July to August, real average weekly earnings fell 0.8 percent, as a result of the 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek and the decrease in real average hourly earnings. Since reaching a recent peak in October 2010, real average weekly earnings have fallen 2.2 percent.
Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees fell 0.6 percent from July to August, seasonally adjusted. This decrease stemmed from a 0.1-percent decrease in average hourly earnings and a 0.4-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).
These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Earnings data for July and August are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Real Earnings — August 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1328.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Real earnings in August 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110921.htm (visited April 23, 2014).
Spotlight on Statistics: Productivity
This edition of Spotlight on Statistics examines labor productivity trends from 2000 through 2010 for selected industries and sectors within the nonfarm business sector of the U.S. economy. Read more »