December Earnings Little Changed from November

January 18, 2006 ( - Real average weekly earnings increased just 0.1% from November to December 2005, according to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In its news release, the BLS said a 0.3% decline in average weekly hours was offset by a 0.3% rise in average hourly earnings and a 0.1% decline in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Before adjustment for seasonal change and inflation, average weekly earnings were $551.67 in December 2005, compared with $536.74 in December 2004.

With deflation by the CPI-W factored in, average weekly earnings decreased by 0.4%.

The BLS news release is  here .