June 16, 2006
Real average weekly earnings fell by 0.7 percent from April to May after seasonal adjustment.
A 0.3-percent decline in average weekly hours and a 0.5-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) were partially offset by a 0.1-percent rise in average hourly earnings.
Average weekly earnings rose by 4.0 percent, seasonally adjusted, from May 2005 to May 2006. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings decreased by 0.2 percent.
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 May 2006" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 06-1013.