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December 15, 2005
Wages Grow as Consumer Prices Drop

Inflation-adjusted average weekly earnings rose by 0.6 percent from October to November after seasonal adjustment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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A 0.3 percent decline in average weekly hours was offset by a 0.2 percent rise in average hourly earnings and a 0.8 percent decline in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Data on average weekly earnings are collected from the payroll reports of private nonfarm establishments. Earnings of both full-time and part-time workers holding production or nonsupervisory jobs are included.

Average weekly earnings rose by 3.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from November 2004 to November 2005. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings decreased by 0.4 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average weekly earnings were $551.00 in November 2005, compared with $532.22 a year earlier.

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