Bureau of Labor Statistics

Real earnings decline in September

October 20, 2003

Real average weekly earnings decreased by 0.3 percent from August to September after seasonal adjustment.

Composition of change in real average weekly earnings of production or nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls, September 2003
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The change resulted from a 0.1-percent decline in average hourly earnings and a 0.3-percent rise in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Average weekly hours were unchanged.

Average weekly earnings rose by 2.1 percent, seasonally adjusted, from September 2002 to September 2003. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings decreased by 0.2 percent over the year.

These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics Program. These data are for production and nonsupervisory workers in private nonfarm establishments. Earnings data are preliminary and subject to revision. Find out more in "Real Earnings in September 2003" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 03-550.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings decline in September at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/oct/wk3/art01.htm (visited January 19, 2022).


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