Real earnings in March 2013

April 18, 2013

Real average hourly earnings for all employees rose 0.2 percent from February to March, seasonally adjusted. The increase stems from unchanged average hourly earnings and a 0.2-percent decrease 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, March 2012–March 2013
DatePercent change

Mar 2012


Apr 2012


May 2012


Jun 2012


Jul 2012


Aug 2012


Sep 2012


Oct 2012


Nov 2012


Dec 2012


Jan 2013


Feb 2013


Mar 2013


Real average weekly earnings rose 0.5 percent over the month, a result of the 0.2-percent increase in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek.

Over the year (March 2012 to March 2013), real average hourly earnings rose 0.3 percent, seasonally adjusted. This increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with the 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek, resulted in a 0.6-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. To learn more, see “Real Earnings — March 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑0669. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers is used to deflate the earnings series for all employees.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings in March 2013 on the Internet at (visited October 01, 2016).


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