Real Earnings

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REAL EARNINGS * JANUARY 2015

All employees

Real average hourly earnings for all employees rose 1.2 percent from December to January, seasonally 
adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This result stems from a 0.5 percent 
increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.7 percent decrease in the Consumer Price Index 
for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Real average weekly earnings increased by 1.2 percent over the month due to the increase in real 
average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek.

Real average hourly earnings increased by 2.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, from January 2014 to 
January 2015. This increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.6 percent increase in the 
average workweek, resulted in a 3.0 percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.


Production and nonsupervisory employees

Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees rose 1.3 percent from 
December to January, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.3 percent increase in average 
hourly earnings combined with a 0.9 percent decrease in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 
Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Real average weekly earnings increased by 1.0 percent over the month due to the increase in real 
average hourly earnings being offset by a decrease of 0.3 percent in the average workweek.
 
Real average hourly earnings increased by 3.0 percent, seasonally adjusted, from January 2014 to 
January 2015. The increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.9 percent increase in the 
average workweek, resulted in a 3.8 percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.
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Real Earnings for February 2015 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8:30 
a.m. (EDT).

Revisions to Real Earnings Data
The seasonally adjusted constant dollar series presented in this release have been revised to reflect new seasonal 
adjustment factors calculated for the CPI-U and CPI-W. This revision affects real earnings for both all employees 
and production and nonsupervisory employees from January 2010 through December 2014.

The estimates of average weekly hours and average hourly and weekly earnings have been revised with the 
release of January data to reflect new employment benchmarks, and the updating of seasonal adjustment factors. 
Unadjusted data have been revised from April 2013 forward.  In addition, seasonally adjusted hours and earnings 
series have been revised from January 2010 forward in accordance with the usual practice of revising 5 years of 
data.

 

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