Average weekly earnings increased by 0.2 percent from March to April after
adjustment for a rise in consumer prices and for seasonal change, according
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.
A 0.3 percent increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.6 percent
increase in average weekly hours was partially offset by a 0.6 percent increase
in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).
Average weekly earnings rose by 3.3 percent, seasonally adjusted, from April
2004 to April 2005. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings decreased
by 0.3 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average
weekly earnings were $537.60 in April 2005, compared with $522.27 a year earlier.