Real average hourly earnings up 1.2 percent over the year ended in February

March 22, 2016

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 1.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from February 2015 to February 2016. This increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.6-percent decrease in the average workweek, resulted in a 0.6-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

Over-the-year percentage change in real average hourly and weekly earnings of employees on private nonfarm payrolls, February 2016
Measure All employees Production and nonsupervisory employees

Average hourly earnings

2.2 2.4

Average weekly hours

-0.6 -0.3

Average weekly earnings

1.6 2.0

Consumer Price Index deflator

1.0 0.6

Real average hourly earnings

1.2 1.7

Real average weekly earnings

0.6 1.4

Note: The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) is used to deflate the all employees earnings series. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) is used for the production and nonsupervisory employees series.
Data are preliminary.

Real average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory employees increased 1.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the year ended February 2016. The increase in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek resulted in a 1.4-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 — February 2016" (HTML) (PDF). Data from the Consumer Price Index are used as deflators to adjust earnings for inflation.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real average hourly earnings up 1.2 percent over the year ended in February on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/real-average-hourly-earnings-up-1-point-2-percent-over-the-year-ended-in-february.htm (visited January 17, 2018).

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