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Economic News Release
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Real Earnings Summary

Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until	                   USDL-21-0025
8:30 a.m. (ET), Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Technical Information:	(202) 691-6555  *  cesinfo@bls.gov     *  www.bls.gov/ces
Media Contact:	        (202) 691-5902  *  PressOffice@bls.gov

REAL EARNINGS – DECEMBER 2020

All employees

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.4 percent from November to December, 
seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This result stems from an 
increase of 0.8 percent in average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.4 percent in the 
Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.1 percent over the month due to the change in real average 
hourly earnings combined with a decrease of 0.3 percent in the average workweek.  

Real average hourly earnings increased 3.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, from December 2019 to 
December 2020. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 1.2 percent in 
the average workweek resulted in a 4.9-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this 
period.


Production and nonsupervisory employees

Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees increased 0.4 percent from 
November to December, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.8-percent increase in average 
hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.4 percent in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 
Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.4 percent over the month due to the change in real average 
hourly earnings combined with no change in average weekly hours. 

From December 2019 to December 2020, real average hourly earnings increased 3.8 percent, seasonally 
adjusted. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with a 1.8-percent increase in the 
average workweek resulted in a 5.7-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period. 

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*              Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on December 2020 Establishment Survey Data		      *
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*  Earnings data from the establishment survey for December reflect the continued resumption of       *
*  economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts   *
*  to contain it.  Question 1 of the “Frequently asked questions” at 				      *
*  www.bls.gov/covid19/employment-situation-covid19-faq-December-2020.htm#ques1 addresses the         *
*  impact of the pandemic on the establishment survey (Current Employment Statistics, or CES) for     *
*  December 2020.                                                                                     *    										      *
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Real Earnings for January 2021 is scheduled to be released on February 10, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. 
(ET).

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Last Modified Date: January 13, 2021