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Real earnings increase in April

May 20, 2013

Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.5 percent from March to April, seasonally  adjusted, the result of a 0.2-percent increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.4-percent decrease in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Over-the-month percent change in real average hourly earnings for all employees, seasonally adjusted, April 2012–April 2013
MonthPercent change

Apr 2012

0.1

May 2012

0.2

Jun 2012

0.2

Jul 2012

0.2

Aug 2012

-0.6

Sep 2012

-0.2

Oct 2012

-0.3

Nov 2012

0.6

Dec 2012

0.4

Jan 2013

0.1

Feb 2013

-0.6

Mar 2013

0.3

Apr 2013

0.5

Real average weekly earnings were unchanged over the month, as the increase in real average hourly earnings was offset by a 0.6-percent decrease in the average workweek.

Over the year (April 2012 to April 2013), real average hourly earnings increased 0.8 percent, seasonally adjusted, while real average weekly earnings increased 0.5 percent.

These earnings data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Earnings data for March and April are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “Real Earnings — April 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑0930. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers from the Consumer Price Indexes program is used to deflate the all employees data.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real earnings increase in April on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130520.htm (visited December 19, 2014).

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