Economic News Release

Real Earnings

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REAL EARNINGS * AUGUST 2014


All employees

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased by 0.4 percent from July to August, seasonally 
adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This increase stems from a 0.2 percent 
increase in the average hourly earnings and a 0.2 percent decrease in the Consumer Price Index for All 
Urban Consumers (CPI-U). The change in real average hourly earnings is the largest 1-month percentage 
increase since November 2012.

Real average weekly earnings increased by 0.4 percent over the month due to the increase in real average 
hourly earnings and an unchanged average workweek. 

Real average hourly earnings increased 0.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, from August 2013 to August 
2014. The increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with an unchanged average workweek, 
resulted in a 0.4 percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.


Production and nonsupervisory employees

Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees increased 0.6 percent from 
July to August, seasonally adjusted. This increase stems from a 0.3 percent increase in average hourly 
earnings combined with a 0.3 percent decrease in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners 
and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The change in real average hourly earnings is the largest 1-month 
percentage increase since December 2008.

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

Real average hourly earnings rose 0.9 percent, seasonally adjusted, from August 2013 to August 2014. 
The increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with an unchanged average workweek, resulted 
in a 0.9 percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.
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Real Earnings for September 2014 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 
8:30 a.m. (EDT).

 

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