Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees up 0.5 percent in 2016

January 24, 2017

Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees increased 0.5 percent From December 2015 to December 2016. The increase in real average hourly earnings and a 0.6-percent decrease in the average workweek resulted in a 0.1-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over the year.

 

 

December 12-month percent change in real average hourly and weekly earnings of production and nonsupervisory employees
Year Average hourly earnings Average weekly earnings

1986

0.9% 0.0%

1987

-1.5 -1.4

1988

-0.7 -0.8

1989

-0.7 -1.6

1990

-2.3 -2.5

1991

0.0 -0.3

1992

-0.5 -0.2

1993

0.1 1.0

1994

-0.1 -0.1

1995

0.5 -0.4

1996

0.4 1.0

1997

2.6 3.2

1998

2.0 1.7

1999

0.9 0.6

2000

0.8 -0.3

2001

2.0 1.7

2002

0.6 0.3

2003

-0.1 -0.7

2004

-0.9 -0.6

2005

-0.2 -0.3

2006

1.7 2.4

2007

-0.6 -0.9

2008

4.6 3.0

2009

-1.0 -1.3

2010

0.3 1.2

2011

-1.5 -0.9

2012

0.0 0.0

2013

0.7 0.1

2014

1.6 2.5

2015

2.2 2.2

2016

0.5(p) -0.1(p)
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary

From December 2014 to December 2015, real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees rose 2.2 percent. The 0.5-percent gain in real average hourly earnings in 2016 was the smallest December-to-December change since the unchanged earnings from December 2011 to December 2012.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics survey and are seasonally adjusted. Earnings for December 2016 are preliminary. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) is used to adjust the earnings for inflation. For more information, see "Real Earnings — December 2016" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees up 0.5 percent in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/real-average-hourly-earnings-for-production-and-nonsupervisory-employees-up-0-point-5-percent-in-2016.htm (visited September 19, 2018).

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