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July 14, 2005
Wages Rise as Inflation Eases

Average weekly earnings rose by 0.2 percent from May 2005 to June 2005 as consumer prices stayed the same, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Average hourly earnings increased 0.2 percent and the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) and average weekly hours were unchanged.

Average weekly earnings rose by 3.0 percent, seasonally adjusted, from June 2004 to June 2005. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings increased by 0.4 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average weekly earnings were $539.45 in June 2005, compared with $524.37 a year earlier.

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