Movements in constant-dollar wages and salaries, 1976-98

November 01, 1999

Last year, wages and salaries adjusted for inflation increased by 2.2 percent in private industry—the same change as in 1997. The 1998 increase marked the sixth year in a row that inflation-adjusted wages and salaries rose.

Percent changes in constant-dollar Employment Cost Index for wages and salaries in private industry, December to December, 1976-98
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Since its inception in the mid-1970s, the Employment Cost Index for wages and salaries in private industry adjusted for inflation has increased in 14 years and has fallen in 9. The largest increase in the constant-dollar ECI for wages and salaries occurred in 1982, when it rose by 2.4 percent. The steepest decline took place in 1979, when the constant-dollar ECI for wages and salaries fell by 4.1 percent.

The Employment Cost Index is a fixed-employment-weighted index that tracks quarterly changes in labor costs, free from the influence of employment shifts among occupations and industries. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) is used to adjust the ECI for inflation.

These data are a product of the BLS Employment Cost Trends program. Annual changes are December to December. Find out more in Employment Cost Indexes, 1975-98, BLS Bulletin 2514.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Movements in constant-dollar wages and salaries, 1976-98 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/nov/wk1/art01.htm (visited September 24, 2016).

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