Inflation-adjusted, or real, average weekly earnings fell by 0.2 percent from April to May after seasonal adjustment, according to preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.
A 0.3 percent increase in both average weekly hours and average hourly earnings was more than offset by a 0.8 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).
Real average weekly earnings are calculated by adjusting earnings in current dollars for changes in the CPI-W.
Average weekly earnings rose by 4.1 percent, seasonally adjusted, from May 2006 to May 2007. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings increased by 1.4 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average weekly earnings were $583.73 in May 2007, compared with $560.09 a year earlier.