Real average weekly earnings were about unchanged from May to June after seasonal
adjustment, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor
Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.
A 0.2 percent increase in average hourly earnings was offset by a 0.2 percent
rise in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
(CPI-W). Average weekly hours were unchanged.
Data on average weekly earnings are collected from the payroll reports of private
nonfarm establishments. Earnings of both full-time and part-time workers holding
production or nonsupervisory jobs are included.
Real average weekly earnings are calculated by adjusting earnings in current
dollars for changes in the CPI-W. Average weekly earnings rose by 2.1 percent,
seasonally adjusted, from June 2002 to June 2003. After deflation by the CPI-W,
average weekly earnings were about unchanged. Before adjustment for seasonal
change and inflation, average weekly earnings were $522.75 in June 2003, compared
with $511.87 a year earlier.