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

0.2

Jun 2012

0.2

Jul 2012

0.2

Aug 2012

-0.6

Sep 2012

-0.2

Oct 2012

-0.3

Nov 2012

0.6

Dec 2012

0.4

Jan 2013

0.1

Feb 2013

-0.6

Mar 2013

0.3

Apr 2013

0.6

May 2013

-0.2

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.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings in May 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130620.htm (visited September 30, 2014).

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