Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose 15 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $32.27 for the month. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased 5.2 percent. In July, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees rose 11 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $27.57.
Hourly earnings in the leisure and hospitality sector were $20.22 for the month, up from $18.60 the year before. Hourly wages also were up in June over May ($20.10 from $19.93).