June 19, 2009
Real average weekly earnings fell by 0.3 percent from April to May after seasonal adjustment.
A 0.3-percent decrease in average weekly hours and a 0.1-increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) were partially offset by a 0.1-percent increase in average hourly earnings.
Average weekly earnings rose by 1.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from May 2008 to May 2009. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings increased by 2.8 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 2009" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09-0679.