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|Employment Cost Index, September 2015|
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS]
Oct. 30, 2015
"Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month period ending in September 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries (which make up about 70 percent of compensation costs) increased 0.6 percent, and benefits (which make up the remaining 30 percent of compensation) increased 0.5 percent.... [For civilian workers:] The increase in the cost of benefits was 1.4 percent for the 12-month period ending in September 2015, lower than a year earlier when the increase was 2.3 percent.... [For private industry workers:] Benefit costs increased 1.8 percent for the 12-month period ending in September 2015. In September 2014, the increase was 2.4 percent."
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