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Economic News Releases



Consumer Price Index

In August, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, and rose 3.7 percent over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted. The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.3 percent in August (SA); up 4.3 percent over the year (NSA).

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Employment Cost Index

Compensation costs increased 1.0 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from March 2023 to June 2023. Over the year, total compensation rose 4.5 percent, wages and salaries rose 4.6 percent, and benefit costs rose 4.2 percent.

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Employment Situation

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 187,000 in August, and the unemployment rate rose to 3.8 percent. Employment continued to trend up in health care, leisure and hospitality, social assistance, and construction. Employment in transportation and warehousing declined.

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Producer Price Index

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.7 percent in August. Prices for final demand goods rose 2.0 percent, and the index for final demand services advanced 0.2 percent. Prices for final demand moved up 1.6 percent for the 12 months ended in August.

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Productivity and Costs

Productivity increased 3.5 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the second quarter of 2023; unit labor costs increased 2.2 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity increased 2.9 percent and unit labor costs increased 4.9 percent.

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Real Earnings

Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.5 percent in August, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings increased 0.2 percent, and CPI-U increased 0.6 percent. Real average weekly earnings decreased 0.1 percent.


U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

U.S. import prices increased 0.5 percent in August following a 0.1-percent advance in July. Prices for U.S. exports rose 1.3 percent in August, after increasing 0.5 percent the previous month. Over the past year, import prices declined 3.0 percent and export prices fell 5.5 percent.

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Last Modified Date: July 17, 2023