[Marxism] Real earnings

S. Artesian sartesian at earthlink.net
Wed Sep 16 08:26:59 MDT 2009

Real Earnings
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                        REAL EARNINGS -- AUGUST 2009

Real average hourly earnings fell 0.2 percent from July to August, 
seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today.  This decline stemmed from the Consumer 
Price Index for
Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), up by 0.6 percent, 
outpacing 0.3 percent growth in
average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory workers.

Real average weekly earnings fell 0.2 percent over the month, as a result of 
the decrease in real average
hourly earnings and no change in the average work week.  Since reaching a 
recent high point in
December 2008, real average weekly earnings have fallen by 1.5 percent.

Real average hourly earnings grew 4.5 percent, seasonally adjusted, from 
August 2008 to August 2009.
A 1.8 percent decline in average weekly hours partly offset the increase in 
real average hourly earnings
and resulted in a 2.7 percent increase in real average weekly earnings 
during this period


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