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Last Thursday, the BLS posted real earnings month-over-month. Here are the charts.

Real Earnings All Employees

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For all employees, the BLS reports "Real average hourly earnings increased 0.5 percent, seasonally adjusted, from September 2017 to September 2018."

Real Earnings Production and Nonsupervisory Workers

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For production and supervisory workers the BLS reports "From September 2017 to September 2018, real average hourly earnings increased 0.4 percent, seasonally adjusted."

I created the lead chart by taking year-over-year earnings and subtracting the year-over-year CPI.

The BLS uses CPI-U for all employees and CPI-W for production and nonsupervisory workers.

The data series for nonsupervisory workers goes back much further than for all employees.

Real or Imaginary?

Workers may make more than they did a year ago if they are not in school, are not looking to buy a home, don't live in a high rent area, and don't have to pay their own medical insurance.

Also, the numbers are averages. The median employee is no doubt losing to inflation even if they are not in school, are not looking to buy a home, don't live in a high rent area, and don't have to pay their own medical insurance.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock