Real Earnings Summary


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REAL EARNINGS  AUGUST 2019

All employees

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.4 percent from July to August, seasonally 
adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This result stems from a 0.4-percent 
increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.1-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index 
for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.6 percent over the month due to the change in real average 
hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek.  

Real average hourly earnings increased 1.5 percent, seasonally adjusted, from August 2018 to August 
2019. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average 
workweek resulted in a 1.2-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 
July to August, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.5-percent increase in average hourly 
earnings combined with no change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical 
Workers (CPI-W).

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.7 percent over the month due to the increase in real average 
hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent increase in average weekly hours. 

From August 2018 to August 2019, real average hourly earnings increased 1.8 percent, seasonally 
adjusted. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.6-percent decrease in the 
average workweek resulted in a 1.3-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period. 

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Real Earnings for September 2019 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 
8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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Last Modified Date: September 12, 2019