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Real earnings decrease $0.01 per hour in August 2016

September 21, 2016

In August 2016, real or inflation-adjusted average hourly earnings for all private sector employees decreased $0.01 from the previous month. The decrease in real hourly earnings resulted from an increase of $0.03 in average hourly earnings (not adjusted for inflation) being offset by a 0.2-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), which is used to adjust earnings for inflation.

Average hourly earnings of all employees, total private, seasonally adjusted, August 2006–August 2016
Month  Average hourly earnings  Index of average hourly earnings Real average hourly earnings
in constant 1982–84 dollars
Index of real average
hourly earnings

Aug 2006

$20.32 100.0 $9.97 100.0

Sep 2006

20.41 100.4 10.06 100.9

Oct 2006

20.44 100.6 10.12 101.5

Nov 2006

20.50 100.9 10.15 101.8

Dec 2006

20.58 101.3 10.13 101.6

Jan 2007

20.60 101.4 10.13 101.6

Feb 2007

20.68 101.8 10.13 101.6

Mar 2007

20.73 102.0 10.10 101.3

Apr 2007

20.78 102.3 10.09 101.2

May 2007

20.84 102.6 10.08 101.1

Jun 2007

20.96 103.1 10.11 101.4

Jul 2007

20.96 103.1 10.10 101.3

Aug 2007

21.00 103.3 10.11 101.4

Sep 2007

21.04 103.5 10.09 101.2

Oct 2007

21.06 103.6 10.07 101.0

Nov 2007

21.13 104.0 10.02 100.5

Dec 2007

21.18 104.2 10.02 100.5

Jan 2008

21.20 104.3 9.99 100.2

Feb 2008

21.27 104.7 10.00 100.3

Mar 2008

21.36 105.1 10.01 100.4

Apr 2008

21.38 105.2 9.99 100.2

May 2008

21.48 105.7 9.98 100.1

Jun 2008

21.52 105.9 9.90 99.3

Jul 2008

21.60 106.3 9.86 98.9

Aug 2008

21.70 106.8 9.92 99.5

Sep 2008

21.73 106.9 9.93 99.6

Oct 2008

21.76 107.1 10.03 100.6

Nov 2008

21.87 107.6 10.26 102.9

Dec 2008

21.94 108.0 10.38 104.1

Jan 2009

21.96 108.1 10.36 103.9

Feb 2009

22.00 108.3 10.34 103.7

Mar 2009

22.06 108.6 10.38 104.1

Apr 2009

22.10 108.8 10.39 104.2

May 2009

22.11 108.8 10.38 104.1

Jun 2009

22.14 109.0 10.31 103.4

Jul 2009

22.18 109.2 10.33 103.6

Aug 2009

22.23 109.4 10.32 103.5

Sep 2009

22.26 109.5 10.31 103.4

Oct 2009

22.31 109.8 10.30 103.3

Nov 2009

22.34 109.9 10.28 103.1

Dec 2009

22.37 110.1 10.29 103.2

Jan 2010

22.42 110.3 10.31 103.4

Feb 2010

22.46 110.5 10.34 103.7

Mar 2010

22.46 110.5 10.33 103.6

Apr 2010

22.50 110.7 10.35 103.8

May 2010

22.53 110.9 10.37 104.0

Jun 2010

22.53 110.9 10.37 104.0

Jul 2010

22.59 111.2 10.38 104.1

Aug 2010

22.62 111.3 10.38 104.1

Sep 2010

22.67 111.6 10.39 104.2

Oct 2010

22.74 111.9 10.38 104.1

Nov 2010

22.74 111.9 10.36 103.9

Dec 2010

22.76 112.0 10.32 103.5

Jan 2011

22.85 112.5 10.33 103.6

Feb 2011

22.87 112.5 10.31 103.4

Mar 2011

22.87 112.5 10.25 102.8

Apr 2011

22.92 112.8 10.23 102.6

May 2011

22.99 113.1 10.23 102.6

Jun 2011

23.01 113.2 10.24 102.7

Jul 2011

23.11 113.7 10.25 102.8

Aug 2011

23.06 113.5 10.20 102.3

Sep 2011

23.11 113.7 10.20 102.3

Oct 2011

23.21 114.2 10.24 102.7

Nov 2011

23.19 114.1 10.21 102.4

Dec 2011

23.23 114.3 10.22 102.5

Jan 2012

23.25 114.4 10.20 102.3

Feb 2012

23.28 114.6 10.19 102.2

Mar 2012

23.36 115.0 10.21 102.4

Apr 2012

23.39 115.1 10.20 102.3

May 2012

23.40 115.2 10.23 102.6

Jun 2012

23.46 115.5 10.27 103.0

Jul 2012

23.52 115.7 10.29 103.2

Aug 2012

23.49 115.6 10.22 102.5

Sep 2012

23.58 116.0 10.21 102.4

Oct 2012

23.57 116.0 10.17 102.0

Nov 2012

23.64 116.3 10.22 102.5

Dec 2012

23.73 116.8 10.26 102.9

Jan 2013

23.75 116.9 10.25 102.8

Feb 2013

23.78 117.0 10.21 102.4

Mar 2013

23.81 117.2 10.25 102.8

Apr 2013

23.87 117.5 10.30 103.3

May 2013

23.89 117.6 10.30 103.3

Jun 2013

23.98 118.0 10.32 103.5

Jul 2013

23.98 118.0 10.30 103.3

Aug 2013

24.03 118.3 10.30 103.3

Sep 2013

24.07 118.5 10.30 103.3

Oct 2013

24.10 118.6 10.31 103.4

Nov 2013

24.17 118.9 10.32 103.5

Dec 2013

24.20 119.1 10.30 103.3

Jan 2014

24.23 119.2 10.29 103.2

Feb 2014

24.33 119.7 10.33 103.6

Mar 2014

24.33 119.7 10.31 103.4

Apr 2014

24.34 119.8 10.29 103.2

May 2014

24.40 120.1 10.30 103.3

Jun 2014

24.47 120.4 10.32 103.5

Jul 2014

24.48 120.5 10.32 103.5

Aug 2014

24.55 120.8 10.35 103.8

Sep 2014

24.56 120.9 10.34 103.7

Oct 2014

24.58 121.0 10.34 103.7

Nov 2014

24.68 121.5 10.40 104.3

Dec 2014

24.61 121.1 10.41 104.4

Jan 2015

24.76 121.9 10.54 105.7

Feb 2015

24.80 122.0 10.53 105.6

Mar 2015

24.87 122.4 10.54 105.7

Apr 2015

24.91 122.6 10.55 105.8

May 2015

24.97 122.9 10.54 105.7

Jun 2015

24.96 122.8 10.51 105.4

Jul 2015

25.03 123.2 10.53 105.6

Aug 2015

25.12 123.6 10.57 106.0

Sep 2015

25.14 123.7 10.59 106.2

Oct 2015

25.21 124.1 10.59 106.2

Nov 2015

25.27 124.4 10.60 106.3

Dec 2015

25.26 124.3 10.61 106.4

Jan 2016

25.38 124.9 10.66 106.9

Feb 2016

25.39 125.0 10.68 107.1

Mar 2016

25.45 125.2 10.70 107.3

Apr 2016

25.53 125.6 10.69 107.2

May 2016

25.59 125.9 10.69 107.2

Jun 2016

25.62 126.1 10.68 107.1

Jul 2016

25.70 (p) 126.5 (p) 10.72 (p) 107.5 (p)

Aug 2016

25.73 (p) 126.6 (p) 10.71 (p) 107.4 (p)
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary.

From August 2015 to August 2016, real average hourly earnings increased $0.14 per hour. This resulted from an increase in average hourly earnings of $0.61 over the year, combined with a 1.1-percent increase in the CPI-U over the same period.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Real Earnings — August 2016" (HTML) (PDF). The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) is used to adjust the earnings data for inflation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings decrease $0.01 per hour in August 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/real-earnings-decrease-1-cent-per-hour-in-august-2016.htm (visited November 21, 2019).

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