Real earnings unchanged in September 2013

November 01, 2013

Real average hourly earnings for all employees were unchanged from August to September, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.1-percent increase in average hourly earnings being offset by a 0.2-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, September 2012–September 2013
DatePercent change

Sep 2012


Oct 2012


Nov 2012


Dec 2012


Jan 2013


Feb 2013


Mar 2013


Apr 2013


May 2013


Jun 2013


Jul 2013


Aug 2013


Sep 2013



Real average weekly earnings decreased 0.1 percent over the month, the result of no change in real average hourly earnings and an unchanged average work week.

Over the year (September 2012 to September 2013), real average hourly earnings rose 0.9 percent, seasonally adjusted. The increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with an unchanged 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 August and September are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “Real Earnings — September 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-2077. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers from the Consumer Price Indexes program is used to deflate the all employees data.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings unchanged in September 2013 on the Internet at (visited September 25, 2016).


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