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Real average hourly earnings increased 0.2 percent from August to September 2021

October 20, 2021

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.2 percent from August 2021 to September 2021 as a result of an increase of 0.6 percent in average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.4 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.

1-month and 12-month percent changes in real average hourly earnings for all private employees, seasonally adjusted, January 2020 to September 2021
Month 1-month percent change 12-month percent change

Jan 2020

0.1% 0.5%

Feb 2020

0.3 0.7

Mar 2020

1.1 2.0

Apr 2020

5.4 7.8

May 2020

-1.0 6.4

Jun 2020

-1.8 4.2

Jul 2020

-0.4 3.6

Aug 2020

0.0 3.4

Sep 2020

-0.2 3.4

Oct 2020

-0.1 3.3

Nov 2020

0.2 3.4

Dec 2020

0.8 4.2

Jan 2021

-0.3 3.8

Feb 2021

-0.1 3.4

Mar 2021

-0.7 1.6

Apr 2021

-0.1 -3.7

May 2021

-0.2 -2.8

Jun 2021

-0.5 -1.6

Jul 2021

-0.1 -1.2

Aug 2021

0.1 -1.1

Sep 2021

0.2 -0.8

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.8 percent over the month due to the change in real average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.6 percent in the average workweek. 

Real average hourly earnings decreased 0.8 percent from September 2020 to September 2021. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek resulted in a 0.8-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over this period.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics survey and are seasonally adjusted. Earnings for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. For more information, see "Real Earnings — September 2021." The Consumer Price Index is used to adjust earnings for inflation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real average hourly earnings increased 0.2 percent from August to September 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/real-average-hourly-earnings-increased-0-2-percent-from-august-to-september-2021.htm (visited December 04, 2021).

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