December 21, 2011
Real average hourly earnings for all employees fell 0.1 percent from October to November, seasonally adjusted. This decrease stems from a 0.1-percent decrease in average hourly earnings, while in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) remained unchanged.
Real average weekly earnings fell 0.1 percent over the month, as a result of the decrease in real average hourly earnings combined with the unchanged average workweek. Since reaching a peak in October 2010, real average weekly earnings have fallen 1.7 percent.
From November 2010 to November 2011, real average hourly earnings fell 1.5 percent, seasonally adjusted. A 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek, combined with the decline in real average hourly earnings, resulted in a 1.2-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings during the same period.
These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Earnings data for October and November are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Real Earnings — November 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1749.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings in November 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20111221.htm (visited May 05, 2016).
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