Inflation-adjusted average weekly earnings fell by 0.5 percent from July to
August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of
A 0.1 percent increase in average hourly earnings was more than offset by a
0.6 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and
Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Average weekly hours were unchanged.
Average weekly earnings rose by 2.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, from August
2004 to August 2005. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings decreased
by 1.1 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average
weekly earnings were $545.70 in August 2005, compared with $535.57 a year earlier.