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A data chart image of Nonfarm payroll employment up in 40 states in August 2020

Nonfarm payroll employment up in 40 states in August 2020

September 23, 2020

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 40 states and was essentially unchanged in 10 states and the District of Columbia in August 2020. The largest job gains occurred in New York (+153,300), Texas (+106,800), and California (+101,900). The largest percentage increases occurred in New Jersey, New York, and Virginia (+1.8 percent each).

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September 22, 2020

A data chart image of Private industry compensation costs $35.96 per hour worked, health insurance cost $2.73,  June 2020

Private industry compensation costs $35.96 per hour worked, health insurance cost $2.73, June 2020

Private industry worker compensation costs for employers averaged $35.96 per hour worked in June 2020. Wages and salaries averaged $25.18 and accounted for 70.0 percent of employer costs, while benefit costs averaged $10.79 and accounted for 30.0 percent.

September 21, 2020

A data chart image of Import air freight prices up 55.8 percent, passenger fares down 8.9 percent, over year ended August

Import air freight prices up 55.8 percent, passenger fares down 8.9 percent, over year ended August

Import air freight prices rose 55.8 percent from August 2019 to August 2020. Within the import air freight category, prices of European carriers increased 53.9 percent and prices at Asian carriers rose 68.8 percent over this 12-month period.

September 18, 2020

A data chart image of Real weekly earnings up 3.9 percent for year ended August 2020

Real weekly earnings up 3.9 percent for year ended August 2020

Real average hourly earnings increased 3.3 percent from August 2019 to August 2020. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.6 percent in the average workweek resulted in a 3.9-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period. The increases in real average hourly and weekly earnings largely reflect the substantial job loss over the year among lower-paid workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain it.

September 17, 2020

A data chart image of Consumer prices up 1.3 percent in 12 months ended August 2020

Consumer prices up 1.3 percent in 12 months ended August 2020

Over the 12 months ended August 2020, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.3 percent. Food prices increased 4.1 percent over the last 12 months. Within the food category, food at home prices rose 4.6 percent, including a 7.1-percent increase in prices for meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Food away from home prices increased 3.5 percent over this period.

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