Average hourly earnings in the US rose by 11 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $27.48 in December 2018 after gaining 0.2 percent in November and beating market expectations of a 0.3 percent advance. That lifted the annual increase in wages to 3.2 percent, matching the fastest pace since 2009 seen in October, from 3.1 percent in November. Meanwhile, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and non-supervisory employees increased by 9 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $23.05 in December. Average Hourly Earnings in the United States averaged 0.20 percent from 2006 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 0.60 percent in June of 2007 and a record low of -0.20 percent in August of 2011.

Average Hourly Earnings in the United States is expected to be 0.30 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Average Hourly Earnings in the United States to stand at 0.20 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Average Hourly Earnings is projected to trend around 0.20 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-12-07 01:30 PM Average Hourly Earnings MoM 0.2% 0.1% 0.3% 0.2%
2018-12-07 01:30 PM Average Hourly Earnings YoY 3.1% 3.1% 3.1%
2019-01-04 01:30 PM Average Hourly Earnings YoY 3.2% 3.1% 3%
2019-01-04 01:30 PM Average Hourly Earnings MoM 0.4% 0.2% 0.3% 0.2%
2019-02-01 01:30 PM Average Hourly Earnings YoY 3.2% 3.2%
2019-02-01 01:30 PM Average Hourly Earnings MoM 0.4% 0.3%
2019-03-08 01:30 PM Average Hourly Earnings YoY


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.90 3.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 312.00 176.00 1115.00 -1967.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 301.00 173.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 11.00 3.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 32.00 27.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 213.00 216.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1737.00 1719.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 271.00 157.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 156945.00 156803.00 156945.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6294.00 6018.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.40 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.40 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.10 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.80 0.77 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.70 8.10 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.05 108.81 109.60 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 105.69 105.10 105.69 26.03 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6540.00 7320.00 7320.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6888.00 7131.00 7293.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 43884.00 53073.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 23.05 22.96 23.05 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.20 4.49 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.91 21.80 21.91 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.80 0.60 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Population 325.72 323.41 325.72 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Employment Rate 60.60 60.60 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 129913.00 129755.00 129913.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26994.00 27039.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Living Wage Family 2380.00 2270.00 2380.00 2160.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1660.00 1560.00 1660.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4520.00 4330.00 4950.00 4330.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1960.00 1760.00 2340.00 1760.00 USD/Month [+]


United States Average Hourly Earnings

In the United States, Average Hourly Earnings is the average amount employees make per hour in a given month. The Federal Reserve uses average hourly earnings in deciding whether to raise or lower interest rates. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Average Hourly Earnings - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Average Hourly Earnings - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.40 0.20 0.60 -0.20 2006 - 2018 percent Monthly
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