Real earnings in May 2013

June 20, 2013

Real average hourly earnings for all employees fell 0.2 percent from April to May, seasonally adjusted. This decrease stems from an unchanged average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.1 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Over-the-month percent change in real average hourly earnings for all employees, seasonally adjusted, May 2012–May 2013
MonthPercent change

May 2012


Jun 2012


Jul 2012


Aug 2012


Sep 2012


Oct 2012


Nov 2012


Dec 2012


Jan 2013


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Mar 2013


Apr 2013


May 2013


Real average weekly earnings fell 0.1 percent over the month, the result of a decrease in real average hourly earnings and an unchanged average workweek.

Over the year (May 2012 to May 2013), real average hourly earnings rose 0.5 percent, seasonally adjusted. The increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek, resulted in a 0.9-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Earnings data for April and May are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “Real Earnings — May 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-1176. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers from the Consumer Price Index program is used to deflate the “all employees” data.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings in May 2013 on the Internet at (visited September 30, 2016).


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