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Real earnings fall 0.4 percent in December 2010

January 20, 2011

Real average hourly earnings for all employees fell 0.4 percent from November to December 2010, seasonally adjusted. This decrease stems from a 0.5-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), which offset a 0.1-percent increase in average hourly earnings.

Over-the-month change in real average hourly earnings for all employees, seasonally adjusted, December 2009–December 2010
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From November to December 2010, real average weekly earnings fell 0.4 percent, as the average work week remained unchanged and combined with the decline in real average hourly earnings.

From December 2009 to December 2010, real average hourly earnings rose 0.4 percent, seasonally adjusted. A 1.5-percent increase in average weekly hours, combined with the increase in real average hourly earnings, resulted in a 1.9-percent increase in real average weekly earnings during this period.

These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Earnings data for November and December are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Real Earnings — December 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0019.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Real earnings fall 0.4 percent in December 2010 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110120.htm (visited September 17, 2014).

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