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Real average hourly earnings up 1.5 percent from August 2018 to August 2019

September 18, 2019

Real average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased 1.5 percent from August 2018 to August 2019. Before adjusting for the increase in consumer prices, average hourly earnings rose 3.2 percent from August 2018 to August 2019. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers rose 1.8 percent over this period.

12-month percent change in average hourly earnings and the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, January 2009 to August 2019

Month

Hourly Earnings

CPI

Real Hourly Earnings

Jan 2009

3.6% -0.1% 3.8%

Feb 2009

3.4 0.0 3.4

Mar 2009

3.3 -0.4 3.7

Apr 2009

3.4 -0.6 4.0

May 2009

2.9 -1.0 4.0

Jun 2009

2.8 -1.2 4.1

Jul 2009

2.7 -2.0 4.8

Aug 2009

2.4 -1.5 4.0

Sept 2009

2.4 -1.4 3.8

Oct 2009

2.5 -0.2 2.7

Nov 2009

2.2 1.9 0.3

Dec 2009

1.9 2.8 -0.9

Jan 2010

2.0 2.6 -0.6

Feb 2010

2.1 2.2 -0.1

Mar 2010

1.8 2.3 -0.5

Apr 2010

1.8 2.2 -0.5

May 2010

1.9 2.0 -0.1

Jun 2010

1.8 1.1 0.6

Jul 2010

1.8 1.3 0.5

Aug 2010

1.8 1.2 0.6

Sept 2010

1.8 1.1 0.8

Oct 2010

1.9 1.2 0.8

Nov 2010

1.7 1.1 0.6

Dec 2010

1.8 1.4 0.3

Jan 2011

1.9 1.7 0.2

Feb 2011

1.9 2.1 -0.2

Mar 2011

1.9 2.6 -0.7

Apr 2011

1.9 3.1 -1.1

May 2011

2.0 3.5 -1.4

Jun 2011

2.1 3.5 -1.3

Jul 2011

2.3 3.6 -1.3

Aug 2011

2.0 3.8 -1.7

Sept 2011

1.9 3.8 -1.8

Oct 2011

2.1 3.5 -1.3

Nov 2011

2.0 3.5 -1.4

Dec 2011

2.0 3.1 -1.1

Jan 2012

1.7 3.0 -1.3

Feb 2012

1.8 2.9 -1.1

Mar 2012

2.1 2.6 -0.5

Apr 2012

2.1 2.3 -0.2

May 2012

1.8 1.7 0.0

Jun 2012

2.0 1.7 0.3

Jul 2012

1.8 1.4 0.4

Aug 2012

1.9 1.7 0.2

Sept 2012

2.0 1.9 0.1

Oct 2012

1.5 2.2 -0.7

Nov 2012

1.9 1.8 0.1

Dec 2012

2.2 1.8 0.5

Jan 2013

2.2 1.7 0.6

Feb 2013

2.1 2.0 0.1

Mar 2013

1.9 1.5 0.4

Apr 2013

2.1 1.1 0.9

May 2013

2.1 1.4 0.8

Jun 2013

2.1 1.7 0.4

Jul 2013

2.0 1.9 0.1

Aug 2013

2.3 1.5 0.7

Sept 2013

2.0 1.1 0.9

Oct 2013

2.2 0.9 1.4

Nov 2013

2.2 1.2 1.0

Dec 2013

1.9 1.5 0.4

Jan 2014

1.9 1.6 0.3

Feb 2014

2.3 1.1 1.1

Mar 2014

2.1 1.6 0.5

Apr 2014

1.9 2.0 -0.1

May 2014

2.1 2.2 -0.1

Jun 2014

2.0 2.1 -0.1

Jul 2014

2.0 2.0 0.1

Aug 2014

2.2 1.7 0.5

Sept 2014

2.1 1.7 0.4

Oct 2014

2.0 1.6 0.4

Nov 2014

2.0 1.2 0.8

Dec 2014

2.0 0.7 1.3

Jan 2015

2.2 -0.2 2.4

Feb 2015

1.9 -0.1 2.1

Mar 2015

2.2 0.0 2.2

Apr 2015

2.3 -0.1 2.4

May 2015

2.3 0.0 2.3

Jun 2015

2.3 0.2 2.0

Jul 2015

2.2 0.2 1.9

Aug 2015

2.2 0.2 1.9

Sept 2015

2.3 0.0 2.3

Oct 2015

2.5 0.1 2.4

Nov 2015

2.4 0.4 2.0

Dec 2015

2.5 0.7 1.8

Jan 2016

2.5 1.3 1.2

Feb 2016

2.4 0.9 1.4

Mar 2016

2.5 0.9 1.6

Apr 2016

2.6 1.1 1.4

May 2016

2.4 1.1 1.3

Jun 2016

2.6 1.0 1.6

Jul 2016

2.8 0.9 1.8

Aug 2016

2.6 1.1 1.4

Sept 2016

2.6 1.5 1.0

Oct 2016

2.7 1.6 0.9

Nov 2016

2.6 1.7 0.9

Dec 2016

2.7 2.1 0.6

Jan 2017

2.4 2.5 -0.1

Feb 2017

2.7 2.7 0.0

Mar 2017

2.6 2.4 0.1

Apr 2017

2.5 2.2 0.3

May 2017

2.5 1.9 0.7

Jun 2017

2.5 1.7 0.7

Jul 2017

2.6 1.8 0.8

Aug 2017

2.6 2.0 0.7

Sept 2017

2.8 2.2 0.7

Oct 2017

2.3 2.0 0.3

Nov 2017

2.5 2.2 0.2

Dec 2017

2.7 2.1 0.7

Jan 2018

2.8 2.1 0.7

Feb 2018

2.6 2.2 0.4

Mar 2018

2.8 2.4 0.5

Apr 2018

2.8 2.4 0.4

May 2018

2.9 2.7 0.2

Jun 2018

2.9 2.8 0.1

Jul 2018

2.8 2.9 -0.1

Aug 2018

3.2 2.7 0.5

Sept 2018

3.0 2.3 0.7

Oct 2018

3.3 2.5 0.8

Nov 2018

3.3 2.2 1.1

Dec 2018

3.3 1.9 1.3

Jan 2019

3.2 1.5 1.7

Feb 2019

3.4 1.5 1.9

Mar 2019

3.2 1.9 1.3

Apr 2019

3.2 2.0 1.1

May 2019

3.1 1.8 1.2

Jun 2019

3.2 1.7 1.5

Jul 2019

3.3 1.8 1.4

Aug 2019

3.2 1.8 1.5

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "Real Earnings — August 2019." The Consumer Price Index is used to adjust earnings estimates for inflation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real average hourly earnings up 1.5 percent from August 2018 to August 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/real-average-hourly-earnings-up-1-point-5-percent-from-august-2018-to-august-2019.htm (visited December 10, 2019).

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