Average weekly earnings for the broadest section of American workers increased about 1.2 percent last year, with December’s numbers making up for tepid wage growth earlier in 2018.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Friday, showed a 1.2 percent gain, adjusted for inflation, to the average weekly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees, the largest measure of working-class Americans.
The average such worker made $776.79 per week in December 2018, according to the BLS, versus $754.08 in December 2017. The Consumer Price Index used by the BLS increased 1.8 percent over the same period.
Inflation-adjusted wages had dipped into negative territory over the summer before recovering late last year, with December alone posting a 0.6 percent increase for production and nonsupervisory workers versus November 2018.
Inflation-adjusted average weekly wages for all employees increased by the same margin, with the average weekly wage among all workers at $948.06 in December 2018.
Local data are not published by month, but preliminary data for the second quarter of 2018 shows average weekly wages in Cumberland County at $968, about a 1.1 percent inflation-adjusted increase from the same point in 2017.