Real earnings in January 2011

February 23, 2011

Real average hourly earnings for all employees fell 0.1 percent from December 2010 to January 2011, seasonally adjusted. This decrease stemmed from a 0.4-percent increase in average hourly earnings, which was more than offset by a 0.4-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Over-the-month change in real average hourly earnings for all employees, seasonally adjusted, January 2010–January 2011
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Real average weekly earnings fell 0.3 percent over the month, as a result of the average workweek falling by 0.3 percent combined with the decline in real average hourly earnings.

Real average hourly earnings rose by 0.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from January 2010 to January 2011. A 0.6-percent increase in average weekly hours combined with the increase in real average hourly earnings resulted in a 0.8-percent increase in real average weekly earnings during this period.

These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Earnings data for December 2010 and January 2011 are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Real Earnings — January 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0204.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Real earnings in January 2011 on the Internet at (visited September 22, 2014).


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