When adjusted for a rise in consumer prices, average weekly earnings of workers have fallen over the last
year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of
In January, inflation-adjusted, or real, average weekly earnings fell by 0.2
percent after seasonal adjustment. A 0.2 percent increase in average hourly
earnings was more than offset by a 0.3 percent decline in average weekly hours
and a 0.1 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners
and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).
Average weekly earnings rose by 2.3 percent, seasonally adjusted, from January
2004 to January 2005. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings
decreased by 0.7 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation,
average weekly earnings were $538.86 in January 2005, compared with $517.82
a year earlier.
In December, real average weekly earnings rose 0.5 percent after seasonal adjustment.