Average weekly earnings fell by 0.2 percent from June to July after adjustment
for changes in consumer prices, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
of the U.S. Department of Labor.
A 0.4 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 July
2004 to July 2005. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings decreased
by 0.5 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average
weekly earnings were $541.81 in July 2005, compared with $528.50 a year earlier.