Real Average Hourly Earnings Decrease 0.1% in September

October 16, 2017

Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.1 percent from August to September. This result stems from a 0.5- percent increase in average hourly earnings being offset by a 0.5-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Real average weekly earnings decreased 0.1 percent over the month due to the change in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek.

Real average hourly earnings increased 0.7 percent from September 2016 to September 2017. The increase in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek resulted in a 0.6-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

Production and non-supervisory employees. Real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees decreased 0.2 percent from August to September, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.4-percent increase in average hourly earnings being more than offset by a 0.7-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Real average weekly earnings decreased 0.3 percent over the month due to the decrease in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in average weekly hours.

From September 2016 to September 2017, real average hourly earnings increased 0.2 percent. The increase in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek resulted in a 0.2-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.