Real Earnings Summary



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REAL EARNINGS*AUGUST 2018

All employees

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.1 percent from July to August, seasonally 
adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This result stems from a 0.4-percent 
increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.2-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 increase in real average 
hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek.  

Real average hourly earnings increased 0.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from August 2017 to August 
2018. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with the 0.3-percent increase in the average 
workweek resulted in a 0.5-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.



Production and nonsupervisory employees

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

Combining no change in real average hourly earnings with no change in average weekly hours, real 
average weekly earnings were also unchanged over the month.

From August 2017 to August 2018, real average hourly earnings decreased 0.1 percent, seasonally 
adjusted. Combining the change in real average hourly earnings with a 0.6-percent increase 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 September 2018 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 
8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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Last Modified Date: September 13, 2018