Real Earnings Summary


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REAL EARNINGS*OCTOBER 2018

All employees

Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.1 percent from September to October, 
seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This result stems from a  
0.2-percent increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent increase in the Consumer 
Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.1 percent over the month due to the decrease in real average 
hourly earnings being combined with a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek.  

Real average hourly earnings increased 0.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, from October 2017 to October 
2018. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with the 0.3-percent increase in the average 
workweek resulted in a 0.9-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.


Production and nonsupervisory employees

Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees decreased 0.1 percent from 
September to October, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.3-percent increase in average 
hourly earnings being offset by a 0.4-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 
Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Combining the decrease in real average hourly earnings with no change in average weekly hours, real 
average weekly earnings decreased 0.1 percent over the month.

From October 2017 to October 2018, real average hourly earnings increased 0.5 percent, seasonally 
adjusted. Combining the change in real average hourly earnings with no change in the average 
workweek resulted in a 0.5-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period. 

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Real Earnings for November 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 
at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

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Last Modified Date: November 14, 2018