Average Weekly Earnings Up from a Year Ago

May 15, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Real average weekly earnings rose by 0.1% from March to April after seasonal adjustment, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The increase stemmed from a 0.1% increase in average hourly earnings. Average weekly hours and the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) were unchanged, according to a BLS announcement.

The BLS said average weekly earnings rose by 1.3%, seasonally adjusted, from April 2008 to April 2009. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly earnings increased by 2.6%.

Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average weekly earnings were $607.13 in April 2009, compared with $603.12 a year earlier.

The BLS data is here .