Real average hourly earnings up 1.8 percent over the year ending November 2015

December 18, 2015

From November 2014 to November 2015, real average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased 1.8 percent. The increase 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 period.

Over-the-year percentage change in real average hourly and weekly earnings of workers on private nonfarm payrolls, seasonally adjusted
Month All employees, average hourly earnings All employees, average weekly earnings Production and nonsupervisory employees, average hourly earnings Production and nonsupervisory employees, average weekly earnings

Nov 2010

0.6 1.5 0.9 1.8

Dec 2010

0.3 1.5 0.5 1.3

Jan 2011

0.3 0.8 0.3 0.6

Feb 2011

-0.2 0.9 -0.2 0.9

Mar 2011

-0.8 0.1 -0.8 -0.3

Apr 2011

-1.1 -0.2 -1.3 -0.8

May 2011

-1.4 -0.9 -1.8 -1.2

Jun 2011

-1.3 -0.8 -1.9 -1.1

Jul 2011

-1.3 -0.7 -1.7 -0.8

Aug 2011

-1.8 -1.5 -2.1 -1.8

Sep 2011

-1.8 -1.3 -2.3 -2.0

Oct 2011

-1.3 -1.1 -2.1 -1.8

Nov 2011

-1.4 -0.8 -2.0 -1.4

Dec 2011

-1.1 -0.7 -1.5 -0.9

Jan 2012

-1.3 -0.3 -1.8 -0.6

Feb 2012

-1.0 -0.4 -1.6 -1.0

Mar 2012

-0.5 -0.2 -1.0 -0.4

Apr 2012

-0.3 0.0 -0.6 -0.3

May 2012

0.1 0.4 -0.3 -0.3

Jun 2012

0.3 0.6 -0.1 0.2

Jul 2012

0.4 0.4 0.0 -0.2

Aug 2012

0.2 0.4 -0.3 -0.3

Sep 2012

0.0 0.0 -0.6 -0.5

Oct 2012

-0.7 -0.7 -0.9 -1.2

Nov 2012

0.1 0.1 -0.2 -0.3

Dec 2012

0.5 0.7 0.0 0.0

Jan 2013

0.6 0.2 0.3 -0.2

Feb 2013

0.1 0.1 0.0 0.4

Mar 2013

0.5 0.7 0.5 0.8

Apr 2013

0.9 0.6 0.8 0.8

May 2013

0.6 0.9 0.7 0.9

Jun 2013

0.4 0.7 0.3 0.3

Jul 2013

0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.3

Aug 2013

0.7 1.0 0.7 0.7

Sep 2013

0.9 0.9 1.3 1.5

Oct 2013

1.3 1.3 1.5 1.5

Nov 2013

1.1 1.3 1.1 1.2

Dec 2013

0.3 -0.2 0.7 0.4

Jan 2014

0.3 0.3 0.7 0.4

Feb 2014

1.0 0.7 1.5 0.6

Mar 2014

0.6 0.6 1.0 0.6

Apr 2014

0.0 0.3 0.5 0.4

May 2014

0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3

Jun 2014

0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3

Jul 2014

0.1 0.4 0.6 1.1

Aug 2014

0.5 0.5 0.9 1.2

Sep 2014

0.4 0.7 0.7 0.7

Oct 2014

0.4 1.0 0.8 1.1

Nov 2014

0.8 1.1 1.2 1.5

Dec 2014

1.2 2.0 1.6 2.2

Jan 2015

2.4 3.0 3.0 3.5

Feb 2015

2.1 2.6 2.4 3.3

Mar 2015

2.1 2.1 2.4 2.4

Apr 2015

2.4 2.4 2.6 2.3

May 2015

2.2 2.2 2.6 2.2

Jun 2015

1.7 1.8 2.2 2.2

Jul 2015

1.9 2.3 2.2 2.1

Aug 2015

2.0 2.3 2.3 2.2

Sep 2015

2.3 2.3 2.7 2.4

Oct 2015(p)

2.4 2.4 2.6 2.7

Nov 2015(p)

1.8 1.6 2.0 1.7
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary.

For production and nonsupervisory employees, real average hourly earnings increased 2.0 percent over the year ending November 2015. The increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek, resulted in a 1.7-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see “Real Earnings — November 2015” (HTML) (PDF). The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers is used to adjust earnings for all employees for inflation. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers is used to adjust earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees for inflation. Both price indexes are from the Consumer Price Index program.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real average hourly earnings up 1.8 percent over the year ending November 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/real-average-hourly-earnings-up-1-point-8-percent-over-the-year-ending-november-2015.htm (visited July 20, 2018).

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