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Real average hourly earnings increased 1.2 percent over the year ended October 2016

November 22, 2016

Average hourly earnings for all employees increased 2.8 percent, and average weekly earnings were up 2.5 percent over the year ended October 2016. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, which is used to adjust earnings estimates for inflation, increased 1.6 percent over the year. After adjusting for inflation, real average hourly earnings increased 1.2 percent from October 2015 to October 2016. This increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek, resulted in a 0.9-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

Over-the-year percentage change in hours and earnings of employees on private nonfarm payrolls, October 2016
Measure All employees Production and nonsupervisory workers

Average weekly hours

-0.3% -0.3%

Average hourly earnings

2.8 2.4

Real average hourly earnings

1.2 1.0

Average weekly earnings

2.5 2.1

Real average weekly earnings

0.9 0.6

For production and nonsupervisory workers, average hourly earnings increased 2.4 percent and average weekly earnings were up 2.1 percent from October 2015 to October 2016. Real average hourly earnings for these workers increased 1.0 percent over the same period. The increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek, resulted in a 0.6-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. For more information, see "Real Earnings — October 2016" (HTML) (PDF). Data from the Consumer Price Index are used to adjust earnings for inflation.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real average hourly earnings increased 1.2 percent over the year ended October 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/real-average-hourly-earnings-increased-1-point-2-percent-over-the-year-ended-october-2016.htm (visited November 14, 2019).

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