Employment Cost Index news release text


NEWS RELEASE
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR                                                                           *BLS

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                                EMPLOYMENT COST INDEX - JUNE 2016


Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month 
period ending in June 2016, 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. (See chart 1 and tables A, 1, 
2, and 3.)
 
Civilian Workers

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.3 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 
2016. In June 2015, compensation costs increased 2.0 percent. Wages and salaries increased 2.5 percent 
for the current 12-month period, and increased 2.1 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2015. 
Benefit costs increased 2.0 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2016. In June 2015, the 
increase was 1.8 percent. (See chart 2 and tables A, 4, 8, and 12.)

Private Industry Workers

Compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.4 percent over the year, higher than the 
June 2015 increase of 1.9 percent. Wages and salaries increased 2.6 percent for the current 12-month 
period. In June 2015, the increase was 2.2 percent. The increase in the cost of benefits was 1.7 percent 
for the 12-month period ending in June 2016, and in June 2015 the increase was 1.4 percent. (See charts 
3 and 4 and tables A, 5, 9, and 12.)
 
Employer costs for health benefits increased 2.8 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2016. 
(For further information, see www.bls.gov/web/eci/echealth.pdf.)

Among occupational groups, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the 12-month 
period ending in June 2016 ranged from 1.9 percent for management, professional, and related 
occupations to 3.1 percent for sales and office occupations. (See table 5.)

Among industry supersectors, compensation cost changes for private industry workers for the current 
12-month period ranged from 1.8 percent for information to 3.0 percent for trade, transportation and 
utilities. (See table 5.)

State and Local Government Workers

Compensation costs for state and local government workers increased 2.3 percent for the 12-month 
period ending in June 2016. In June 2015, the increase was 2.2 percent. Wages and salaries increased 
1.7 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2016. In June 2015, the increase was 1.9 percent. 
Benefit costs increased 3.4 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2016, a higher rate than in the 
prior year when the increase was 2.7 percent. (See chart 5 and tables A, 7, 11, and 12.)
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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
                         Mar.       June            June      Sept.     Dec.     Mar.     June
                         2016       2016            2015      2015      2015     2016     2016
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   CIVILIAN WORKERS[1]

Compensation[2]          0.6        0.6             2.0       2.0       2.0      1.9      2.3
Wages and salaries       0.7        0.6             2.1       2.1       2.1      2.0      2.5
Benefits                 0.5        0.5             1.8       1.8       1.7      1.7      2.0

   PRIVATE INDUSTRY

Compensation[2]          0.6        0.6             1.9       1.9       1.9      1.8      2.4
Wages and salaries       0.7        0.6             2.2       2.1       2.1      2.0      2.6
Benefits                 0.5        0.4             1.4       1.4       1.3      1.2      1.7

   STATE AND LOCAL
     GOVERNMENT

Compensation[2]          0.5        0.5             2.2       2.3       2.5      2.4      2.3
Wages and salaries       0.4        0.4             1.9       1.8       1.8      1.8      1.7
Benefits                 0.6        0.6             2.7       3.0       3.5      3.5      3.4
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  [1] Includes private industry and State and local government.
  [2] Includes wages and salaries and benefits.


The Employment Cost Index for September 2016 is scheduled to be released on 
Friday, October 28, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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