When adjusted for an increase in consumer prices, average weekly earnings fell
by 0.4 percent from January 2005 to
February 2005 after seasonal adjustment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
of the U.S. Department of Labor.
The change resulted from a 0.4 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index
for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Average hourly earnings
and average weekly hours were unchanged.
Average weekly earnings rose by 2.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from
February 2004 to February 2005. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly
earnings decreased by 0.8 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and
inflation, average weekly earnings were $532.06 in February 2005, compared with
$526.94 a year earlier.