A data chart image of Real average weekly earnings up 0.8 percent from July 2018 to July 2019

Real average weekly earnings up 0.8 percent from July 2018 to July 2019

August 16, 2019

Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased 3.2 percent from July 2018 to July 2019. This increase, combined with a −0.6-percent change in the average workweek and a 1.8-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U), resulted in a 0.8-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over the year.

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August 15, 2019

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Food for thought: changes in consumer prices for food at home and away from home

Whether you are cooking at home or eating out, keeping an eye on food prices helps us maintain our household budget. For the year ended July 2019, prices for food at home increased 0.6 percent, while prices for food away from home increased 3.2 percent. This compared with an increase of 1.8 percent for all items over that period.

August 14, 2019

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Labor force participation rates are higher for people with professional certifications or licenses

Labor force participation rates are substantially higher for people who have a professional certification or occupational license than for those without such credentials.

August 13, 2019

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Producer Price Index for final demand increased 1.7 percent for the year ended July 2019

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 1.7 percent from July 2018 to July 2019. Prices for final demand less foods and energy increased 1.2 percent.

August 12, 2019

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Skill levels of part-time jobs increased from 2007 to 2017

The skills required of part-time workers increased between 2007 and 2017, with the most common skill level moving from level 1 to level 2. During that time period, there was a 16 percentage-point decrease in part-time jobs that only required the lowest skill level. Part-time jobs that required skill level 2 increased by 8 percentage points. BLS economists who collect the data assess and assign points to four components: knowledge, job controls and complexity, contacts, and physical environment.

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