CES Real Earnings Correction

Due to an error in CPI data for May 2016 through August 2016, all real earnings series, as published for those months, were subject to correction. All real earnings series were recalculated using corrected CPI indexes. Corrected data are labeled with a (C) on the BLS website as of Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8:30am.

Recalculated data for total private appear in the tables below.

 

Real (constant 1982-1984 dollars) earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls, seasonally adjusted
May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016(p)

Real average hourly earnings(1)

$10.69 $10.68 $10.72 $10.71

Real average weekly earnings(1)

$367.71 (C) $367.36 (C) $368.80 (C) $367.26

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers

239.403 (C) 239.907 (C) 239.810 (C) 240.301 (C)
Over-the-month Percent Change

Real average hourly earnings(1)

0.0 -0.1 0.4 -0.1

Real average weekly earnings(1)

0.0 -0.1 0.4 -0.4

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers

0.2 0.2 0.0 0.2
Over-the-year Percent Change

Real average hourly earnings(1)

1.4 1.6 1.8 1.3

Real average weekly earnings(1)

1.1 1.3 1.2 0.4

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers

1.1 1.0 0.9 1.1

Footnotes:

(1) The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) is used to deflate the earnings series for all employees.
(C) Corrected. All real earnings series were recalculated using corrected CPI indexes for May 2016 through August 2016. Real earnings data values that changed as a result of the corrected CPIs are marked with a (C).
(p) Preliminary

Real (constant 1982-1984 dollars) earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls, seasonally adjusted(1)
May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016(p)

Real average hourly earnings(2)

$9.20 $9.20 $9.24 (C) $9.24

Real average hourly earnings(2)

$309.08 (C) $309.01 (C) $311.22 (C) $309.40

Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers

233.506 (C) 233.994 (C) 233.783 (C) 234.196 (C)
Over-the-month Percent Change

Real average hourly earnings(2)

-0.1 0.0 0.4 0.0

Real average weekly earnings(2)

-0.1 0.0 0.7 -0.6

Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers

0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.2
Over-the-year Percent Change

Real average hourly earnings(2)

1.7 1.8 2.1 1.8

Real average weekly earnings(2)

1.6 1.7 2.1 1.1

Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers

0.7 0.7 0.5 0.7

Footnotes:

(1) Data relate to production employees in mining and logging and manufacturing, construction employees in construction, and nonsupervisory employees in the service-providing industries. These groups account for approximately four-fifths of the total employment on private nonfarm payrolls.
(2) The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) is used to deflate the earnings series for production and nonsupervisory employees.
(C) Corrected. All real earnings series were recalculated using corrected CPI indexes for May 2016 through August 2016. Real earnings data values that changed as a result of the corrected CPIs are marked with a (C).
(p) Preliminary

Last Modified Date: October 18, 2016