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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


May 2012


Jun 2012


Jul 2012


Aug 2012


Sep 2012


Oct 2012


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Dec 2012


Jan 2013


Feb 2013


Mar 2013


Apr 2013


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.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Real earnings increase in April on the Internet at (visited August 22, 2014).


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