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January 22, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Real earnings in December 2009

Over-the-year percentage change in real average hourly and weekly earnings, December 2009, seasonally adjusted
Month Over-the-year percent change
in real average hourly earnings
Over-the-year percent change
in real average weekly earnings

Dec 08

4.6 3.1

Jan 09

4.5 3.2

Feb 09

4.0 2.5

Mar 09

4.3 2.2

Apr 09

4.3 2.2

May 09

4.6 2.8

Jun 09

4.5 2.7

Jul 09

5.3 3.7

Aug 09

4.6 2.7

Sep 09

4.4 2.8

Oct 09

2.9 1.4

Nov 09

0.0 (p) -0.6 (p)

Dec 09

-1.3 (p) -1.6 (p)

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary

These data featured in the TED article, Real earnings in December 2009.