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December 18, 2002
Weekly Earnings Rise 0.2 Percent
December 18, 2002

Average weekly earnings increased by 0.2 percent from October to November after seasonal adjustment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.

A 0.3 percent increase in average hourly earnings was partly offset by a 0.1 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Average weekly hours were unchanged, according to the BLS report.

Data on average weekly earnings are collected from the payroll reports of private firms. Earnings of both full-time and part-time workers holding production or nonsupervisory jobs are included. Average weekly earnings are calculated by adjusting earnings in current dollars for changes in the CPI-W.

Average weekly earnings rose by 3.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from November 2001 to November 2002. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings rose by 1.1 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average weekly earnings were $508.64 in November 2002, compared with $494.36 a year earlier.


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