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Real Earnings Summary

Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until	                      USDL-22-0019
8:30 a.m. (ET), Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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REAL EARNINGS  DECEMBER 2021

All employees

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.1 percent from November to December, 
seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This result stems from an 
increase of 0.6 percent in average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.5 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 no change in the average workweek.  

Real average hourly earnings decreased 2.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, from December 2020 to 
December 2021. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average 
workweek resulted in a 2.3-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over this period.


Production and nonsupervisory employees

Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees increased 0.2 percent from 
November to December, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.7-percent increase in average 
hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.5 percent in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 
Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.5 percent over the month due to the change in real average 
hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.3 percent in average weekly hours.

From December 2020 to December 2021, real average hourly earnings decreased 1.9 percent, seasonally 
adjusted. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek 
resulted in a 2.0-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over this period. 


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Real Earnings for January 2022 is scheduled to be released on February 10, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. 
(ET).

	 


Last Modified Date: January 12, 2022