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                             EMPLOYMENT COST INDEX - DECEMBER 2013


Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.5 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month 
period ending December 2013, 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 0.6 percent.

Civilian Workers

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.0 percent for the 12-month period ending 
December 2013, essentially unchanged from the December 2012 increase of 1.9 percent. Wages and 
salaries increased 1.9 percent for the current 12-month period. In December 2012 the increase was 
1.7 percent. Benefit costs increased 2.2 percent for the 12-month period ending December 2013. In 
December 2012 the increase was 2.4 percent.


                                  Updated Employment Weights

Beginning with this release, Employment Cost Index measures are based on 2012 fixed employment 
counts, rather than 2002 counts. For additional information, see the Technical Note on page 4.


Private Industry Workers

Compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.0 percent over the year. In 
December 2012 the increase was 1.8 percent. Wages and salaries increased 2.1 percent for the current 
12-month period.  In December 2012 the increase was 1.7 percent. The increase in the cost of benefits 
was 1.9 percent for the 12-month period ending December 2013, essentially unchanged from the 
December 2012 increase of 2.0 percent. Employer costs for health benefits increased 3.0 percent over 
the year.  In December 2012 the increase was 2.1 percent.

Among occupational groups, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the 
12-month period ending December 2013 ranged from 1.4 percent for service occupations to 2.3 percent 
for sales and office occupations.

Among industry supersectors, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the current 
12-month period ranged from 0.8 percent for information to 2.9 percent for other services, except public 
administration.  

State and Local Government Workers

Compensation costs for state and local government workers increased 1.9 percent for the 12-month 
period ending December 2013, unchanged from December 2012. Wages and salaries increased 
1.1 percent for the 12-month period ending December 2013, unchanged from December 2012. Prior 
values for this series, which began in June 1982, ranged from 0.9 percent to 8.5 percent. Benefit costs 
increased 3.3 percent in December 2013. In December 2012, the increase was 3.4 percent.

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The Employment Cost Index for March 2014 is scheduled to be released on 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).


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New seasonal factors for 2014, along with revised seasonally adjusted indexes for the past five years 
will be available online Monday, April 28, 2014.

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                               Corrections to ECI Data Series

Some Employment Cost Index estimates from September 2012 through March 2013 were corrected on 
June 26, 2013. (Seasonally adjusted estimates were subject to corrections back to March 2008.) For 
further information, see: www.bls.gov/bls/eci_corrections_043013.htm.



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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
                         Sep.       Dec.            Dec.    Mar.    June      Sep.     Dec.
                         2013       2013            2012    2013    2013      2013     2013
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   CIVILIAN WORKERS[1]

Compensation[2]          0.4        0.5             1.9    1.9       1.9       1.9      2.0
Wages and salaries       0.3        0.6             1.7    1.6       1.7       1.6      1.9
Benefits                 0.7        0.6             2.4    2.4       2.2       2.2      2.2

   PRIVATE INDUSTRY

Compensation[2]          0.4        0.5             1.8    1.9       1.9       1.9      2.0
Wages and salaries       0.3        0.6             1.7    1.7       1.9       1.8      2.1
Benefits                 0.6        0.5             2.0    2.0       1.9       2.0      1.9

   STATE AND LOCAL
     GOVERNMENT

Compensation[2]          0.4        0.7             1.9    1.9       1.8       1.7      1.9
Wages and salaries       0.3        0.5             1.1    1.0       1.0       0.9      1.1
Benefits                 0.5        1.1             3.4    3.5       3.3       2.9      3.3
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[1] Includes private industry and State and local government.
[2] Includes wages and salaries and benefits.

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