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Real average and aggregate wages for September

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Real average and aggregate wages for September Now that we have the September inflation reading, let’s take a look at real wage growth. First of all, nominal average hourly wages in September increased +0.2%, while consumer prices were unchanged. As a result, after rounding, real average hourly wages for non-managerial personnel increased +0.1%. This translates into real wages of 97.7% of their all time high in January 1973: On a YoY basis, real average wages were up +1.7%, still below their recent peak growth of 1.9% YoY in February: Aggregate hours and payrolls improved sharply in the past several months, so real aggregate wages – the total amount of real pay taken home by the middle and working classes – are up 30%  from their October

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Real average and aggregate wages for September

Now that we have the September inflation reading, let’s take a look at real wage growth.

First of all, nominal average hourly wages in September increased +0.2%, while consumer prices were unchanged. As a result, after rounding, real average hourly wages for non-managerial personnel increased +0.1%. This translates into real wages of 97.7% of their all time high in January 1973:

Real average and aggregate wages for September

On a YoY basis, real average wages were up +1.7%, still below their recent peak growth of 1.9% YoY in February:

Real average and aggregate wages for September

Aggregate hours and payrolls improved sharply in the past several months, so real aggregate wages – the total amount of real pay taken home by the middle and working classes – are up 30%  from their October 2009 trough at the beginning of this expansion:

Real average and aggregate wages for September

For total wage growth, this expansion remains in third place, behind the 1960s and 1990s, among all post-World War 2 expansions; while the *pace* of wage growth has been the slowest except for the 2000s expansion.

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