Real earnings in February 2013

March 19, 2013

Real average hourly earnings for all employees fell 0.6 percent from January to February, seasonally adjusted, as a 0.2-percent increase in average hourly earnings was more than offset by a 0.7-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Over-the-month change in real average hourly earnings for all employees, seasonally adjusted, February 2012–February 2013
DatePercent change

Feb 2012

-0.1

Mar 2012

0.0

Apr 2012

0.1

May 2012

0.2

Jun 2012

0.2

Jul 2012

0.2

Aug 2012

-0.6

Sep 2012

-0.2

Oct 2012

-0.3

Nov 2012

0.6

Dec 2012

0.4

Jan 2013

0.1

Feb 2013

-0.6

Real average weekly earnings fell 0.2 percent over the month, resulting from the decrease in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek.

Over the year (February 2012 to February 2013), real average hourly earnings rose 0.1 percent, seasonally adjusted. The increase in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek resulted in a 0.2-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings during the past 12 months.

These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Earnings data for January and February are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “Real Earnings — February 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-0426. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers from the Consumer Price Indexes program is used to deflate the all employees data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings in February 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130319.htm (visited August 26, 2016).

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