A data chart image of Real average hourly earnings up 1.9 percent over the year ending in February 2019

Real average hourly earnings up 1.9 percent over the year ending in February 2019

March 19, 2019

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 1.9 percent, seasonally adjusted, from February 2018 to February 2019. The change in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek, resulted in a 1.6-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this 12-month period.

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March 18, 2019

A data chart image of Lettuce prices up 15 percent, TV prices down 17 percent over the year ending February 2019

Lettuce prices up 15 percent, TV prices down 17 percent over the year ending February 2019

Prices for food, drinks, clothing, services, gasoline, and televisions and other household items are always changing, some more than others. From February 2018 to February 2019, the price of lettuce increased 14.5 percent while television prices decreased 16.8 percent. This compared to an increase of 1.5 percent for all consumer items over that period.

March 15, 2019

A data chart image of Connecticut has largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease

Connecticut has largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease

Nine states had unemployment rate decreases from January 2018 to January 2019, the largest of which was in Connecticut (−0.8 percentage point). The only statistically significant unemployment rate increase occurred in Colorado (+0.8 percentage point).

March 14, 2019

A data chart image of Employment growth 3.9 percent in Nevada, January 2018 to January 2019

Employment growth 3.9 percent in Nevada, January 2018 to January 2019

Over the year ended January 2019, 26 states had statistically significant increases in nonfarm payroll employment. Employment was essentially unchanged in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

March 13, 2019

A data chart image of Employment–population ratio up over the year; labor force participation rate changed little

Employment–population ratio up over the year; labor force participation rate changed little

The employment–population ratio for people age 16 and over was 60.7 percent in February 2019, unchanged from the previous month but up by 0.3 percentage point over the year. The labor force participation rate, at 63.2 percent in February 2019, was also unchanged over the month and has changed little over the year.

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