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Economic News Release
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Real Earnings Summary

Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until	                  USDL-21-1645
8:30 a.m. (ET), Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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REAL EARNINGS  AUGUST 2021

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 an increase of 0.6 
percent in average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.3 percent in the Consumer Price 
Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.3 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 0.9 percent, seasonally adjusted, from August 2020 to August 
2021. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek 
resulted in a 0.9-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over this period.



Production and nonsupervisory employees

Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees increased 0.3 percent from 
July to August, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.5-percent increase in average hourly 
earnings combined with an increase of 0.3 percent in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners 
and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.2 percent over the month due to the change in real average 
hourly earnings combined with no change in average weekly hours.

From August 2020 to August 2021, real average hourly earnings decreased 0.9 percent, seasonally 
adjusted. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.6-percent increase in the 
average workweek resulted in a 0.4-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over this period. 


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Real Earnings for September 2021 is scheduled to be released on October 13, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

	 


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Last Modified Date: September 14, 2021