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Real Earnings Down, As Inflation Eats Up Wage Gains

Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.3 percent from February to March, seasonally…

  • April 30, 2019

Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.3 percent from February to March, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

This result stems from a 0.1-percent increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.4-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Real average weekly earnings were unchanged over the month due to the change in real average hourly earnings combined with 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek.

Real average hourly earnings increased 1.3 percent, seasonally adjusted, from March 2018 to March 2019.

The change in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek resulted in a 1.3-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.