Real earnings for production and nonsupervisory workers increase 2.1 percent in 2015

January 27, 2016

Inflation-adjusted earnings for private sector production and nonsupervisory workers increased 2.1 percent for the year ending in December 2015. This was the largest calendar-year increase since a 4.4-percent advance in 2008. Since 2012, when real earnings for production and nonsupervisory workers were unchanged, earnings have increased each year at a higher rate than the prior year. In 2013 earnings were up 0.7 percent, followed by an increase of 1.6 percent in 2014, and an increase of 2.1 percent in 2015.    

Over-the-year percent change in real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls, seasonally adjusted
Year 12-month percent change

2005

-0.2%

2006

1.7

2007

-0.5

2008

4.4

2009

-1.0

2010

0.5

2011

-1.5

2012

0.0

2013

0.7

2014

1.6

2015 (p)

2.1
Footnotes:

(p) preliminary

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see “Real Earnings — December 2015” (HTML) (PDF). The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers is used to adjust earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees for inflation. This index is published by the Consumer Price Index program.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings for production and nonsupervisory workers increase 2.1 percent in 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/real-earnings-for-production-and-nonsupervisory-workers-increase-2-point-1-percent-in-2015.htm (visited September 18, 2018).

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