Compensation costs increased 0.6 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from
December 2015 to March 2016. Over the year, compensation rose 1.9 percent, wages and
salaries are up 2.0 percent, and benefits rose 1.7 percent.
Private employers spent an average of $32.06 per hour worked for compensation in March 2016. Health
insurance was the largest individual employer benefit cost at $2.44, accounting for 7.6 percent of total
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