Inflation-adjusted, or real, average weekly earnings fell by 0.2 percent from December 2005 to January 2006 after seasonal adjustment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.
The decline stemmed from a 0.7 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which was partially offset by a 0.4 percent increase in average hourly earnings. Average weekly hours were unchanged.
Average weekly earnings rose by 3.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, from January 2005 to January 2006. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings decreased by 0.4 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average weekly earnings were $558.38 in January 2006, compared with $537.26 a year earlier.