Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Vrushalis TED Certiication

April 14, 2020

Average hourly earnings for private payrolls increased 3.1 percent for year ended January 2020

FEBRUARY 11, 2020

For the year ended January 2020, nonfarm payroll employment increased 2,052,000, or 1.4 percent. Over that period, private employment increased by 1,875,000, or 1.5 percent. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased from $27.58 to $28.44, or 3.1 percent.

From January 2019 to January 2020, employment in construction increased by 142,000, or 1.9 percent. Over that period, average hourly earnings in construction increased 2.9 percent to $31.19. Education and health services added 630,000 jobs for the year ended January 2020. Average hourly earnings in education and health services were $27.84 in January 2020.

Figure 9. Food at home expenditures, in 2015 dollars, by age group, 2004–15
Year Under 25 25 to 74 75 and older

2004

2,325 4,518 2,986

2005

2,326 4,300 2,697

2006

2,288 4,315 2,638

2007

2,589 4,207 2,765

2008

2,565 4,383 2,936

2009

2,706 4,374 3,150

2010

2,388 4,183 2,873

2011

2,510 4,263 3,140

2012

2,611 4,306 2,804

2013

2,647 4,290 2,874

2014

2,500 4,214 2,956

2015

2,543 4,253 2,859

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment in professional and business services (+390,000), leisure and hospitality (+320,000), financial activities (+132,000), transportation and warehousing (+105,900), and wholesale trade (+65,300) increased for the year ended January 2020. Over that period, average hourly earnings increased by 3.7 percent for both professional and business services and financial activities.

From January 2019 to January 2020, employment in mining and logging decreased by 33,000, or 4.4 percent. Over that period, average hourly earnings increased by 5.0 percent.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — January 2020." We also have more charts on nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Vrushalis TED Certiication at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/vrushalis-ted-certiication.htm (visited October 27, 2021).