Real average weekly earnings increased by 0.2 percent from March to April after
seasonal adjustment, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department
of Labor. A 0.3 percent increase in average hourly earnings was partially offset
by a 0.2 percent increase 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
establishments. Earnings of both full-time and part-time workers holding production
nonsupervisory jobs are included. Real average weekly earnings are calculated
earnings in current dollars for changes in the CPI-W.
Average weekly earnings rose by 2.5 percent, seasonally adjusted, from April
2003 to April
2004. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings increased by 0.5
adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average weekly earnings were $520.71
in April 2004,
compared with $510.02 a year earlier.