Real Earnings Summary


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REAL EARNINGS * JANUARY 2017

All employees

Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.5 percent from December to January, 
seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This result stems from a  
0.1-percent increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.6-percent increase in the Consumer 
Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Real average weekly earnings decreased 0.4 percent over the month due to the decrease in real average 
hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek.

Real average hourly earnings were unchanged, seasonally adjusted, from January 2016 to January 2017. 
No change in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.6-percent decrease in the average 
workweek resulted in a 0.6-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over this period.

Production and nonsupervisory employees

Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees decreased 0.4 percent from 
December to January, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.2-percent increase in average 
hourly earnings combined with a 0.6-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 
Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Real average weekly earnings decreased 0.4 percent over the month, due to the decrease in real average 
hourly earnings combined with no change in average weekly hours.

From January 2016 to January 2017, real average hourly earnings decreased 0.1 percent, seasonally 
adjusted. The decrease in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the 
average workweek resulted in a 0.4-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over this period. 

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*                               Revisions to Real Earnings Data						*
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*  The seasonally adjusted constant dollar data presented in this release have been revised to reflect	*
*  new seasonal adjustment factors in the CPI-U and CPI-W.  This revision affects seasonally adjusted 	*
*  real earnings data from January 2012 through December 2016.						*
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*  In addition, the average weekly hours and average hourly earnings data have been revised to reflect	*
*  the annual employment benchmark revision, and updated seasonal adjustment factors.  Unadjusted hours	*
*  and earnings data have been revised from April 2015 forward, and seasonally adjusted data have been 	*
*  revised from January 2012 forward.									*
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Real Earnings for February 2017 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 
8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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Last Modified Date: February 15, 2017