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                          EMPLOYMENT COST INDEX - MARCH 2015


Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month 
period ending March 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries 
(which make up about 70 percent of compensation costs) increased 0.7 percent, and benefits (which 
make up the remaining 30 percent of compensation) increased 0.6 percent.

Civilian Workers

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.6 percent for the 12-month period ending 
March 2015, rising from the March 2014 increase in compensation costs of 1.8 percent. Wages and 
salaries increased 2.6 percent for the 12-month period ending March 2015, which was higher than the 
1.6-percent increase in March 2014. Benefit costs increased 2.7 percent for the 12-month period ending 
March 2015, compared with a 2.1-percent increase for the 12-month period ending March 2014. (See 
tables A, 4, 8, and 12.)

Private Industry Workers

Compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.8 percent over the year, higher than the 
March 2014 increase of 1.7 percent. Wages and salaries increased 2.8 percent for the current 12-month 
period ending March 2015, also higher than the March 2014 increase of 1.7 percent. The cost of benefits 
rose 2.6 percent for the 12-month period ending March 2015, which was higher than March 2014, when 
the increase was 1.8 percent. (See tables A, 5, 9, and 12.) Employer costs for health benefits increased 
2.5 percent over the year. The 12-month percent change for March 2014 was an increase of 2.4 percent.

Among occupational groups, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the 
12-month period ending March 2015 ranged from 2.3 percent for natural resources, construction, and 
maintenance occupations and service occupations to 3.4 percent for sales and office occupations.

Among industry supersectors, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the current 
12-month period ranged from 1.8 percent for construction to 6.1 percent for information.

State and Local Government Workers

Compensation costs for state and local government workers increased 2.1 percent for the 12-month 
period ending March 2015, compared with a 1.9-percent increase for March 2014. Wages and salaries 
increased 1.8 percent for the 12-month period ending March 2015. In March 2014, the increase was 
1.2 percent. Benefit costs increased 2.8 percent in March 2015. In March 2014, the increase was 3.0 
percent. (See tables A, 7, 11, and 12.)

The Employment Cost Index for June 2015 is scheduled to be released on 
Friday, July 31, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).


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This release incorporates annual revisions in seasonally adjusted Employment Cost Index (ECI) data for 
total compensation, wages and salaries, and benefit costs. Seasonally adjusted data for 2010-2014 were 
revised to reflect updated seasonal factors. For further information on seasonal adjustment, see the 
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Table A.  Major series of the Employment Cost Index
(Percent change)

Category                     3-month,                               12-month,
                       seasonally adjusted                   not seasonally adjusted
                         Dec.       Mar.            Mar.      June      Sept.    Dec.     Mar.
                         2014       2015            2014      2014      2014     2014     2014
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   CIVILIAN WORKERS[1]

Compensation[2]          0.5        0.7             1.8       2.0       2.2      2.2      2.6
Wages and salaries       0.6        0.7             1.6       1.8       2.1      2.1      2.6
Benefits                 0.6        0.6             2.1       2.5       2.4      2.6      2.7

   PRIVATE INDUSTRY

Compensation[2]          0.5        0.7             1.7       2.0       2.3      2.3      2.8
Wages and salaries       0.5        0.7             1.7       1.9       2.3      2.2      2.8
Benefits                 0.5        0.6             1.8       2.4       2.3      2.5      2.6

   STATE AND LOCAL
     GOVERNMENT

Compensation[2]          0.6        0.5             1.9       2.0       2.1      2.0      2.1
Wages and salaries       0.4        0.4             1.2       1.3       1.6      1.6      1.8
Benefits                 0.9        0.5             3.0       3.2       3.0      2.9      2.8
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[1] Includes private industry and State and local government.
[2] Includes wages and salaries and benefits.


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