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                                EMPLOYMENT COST INDEX - SEPTEMBER 2014



Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month 
period ending September 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries 
(which make up about 70 percent of compensation costs) increased 0.8 percent, and benefits (which 
make up the remaining 30 percent of compensation) increased 0.6 percent.
 
Civilian Workers

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.2 percent for the 12-month period ending 
September 2014. In September 2013, the increase in compensation costs was 1.9 percent. Wages and 
salaries increased 2.1 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2014, compared with 
1.6 percent in September 2013. Benefit costs increased 2.4 percent for the 12-month period ending 
September 2014, compared with a 2.2 percent increase for the 12-month period ending September 2013.

Private Industry Workers

Compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.3 percent over the year. In September 
2013 the increase was 1.9 percent. Wages and salaries increased 2.3 percent for the current 12-month 
period ending September 2014.  In September 2013 the increase was 1.8 percent. The increase in the 
cost of benefits was 2.3 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2014. In September 2013, 
the increase in the cost of benefits was 2.0 percent. Employer costs for health benefits increased 
2.6 percent over the year. In September 2013 the increase was 2.7 percent.

Among occupational groups, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the 
12-month period ending September 2014 ranged from 1.8 percent for service occupations to 2.4 percent 
for natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations and production, transportation, and 
material moving.

Among industry supersectors, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the current 
12-month period ranged from 1.4 percent for construction to 4.3 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 September 2014, compared with 1.7 percent for September 2013. Wages and salaries 
increased 1.6 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2014, compared with 0.9 percent in 
September 2013. Benefit costs increased 3.0 percent in September 2014. In September 2013, the 
increase was 2.9 percent. (See tables A, 7, 11, and 12.)

The Employment Cost Index for December 2014 is scheduled to be released on 
Friday, January 30, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. (EST)

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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
                         June       Sept.           Sept.     Dec.      Mar.     June     Sept.
                         2014       2014            2013      2013      2013     2014     2014
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   CIVILIAN WORKERS[1]

Compensation[2]          0.7        0.7             1.9       2.0       1.8      2.0      2.2
Wages and salaries       0.6        0.8             1.6       1.9       1.6      1.8      2.1
Benefits                 1.0        0.6             2.2       2.2       2.1      2.5      2.4

   PRIVATE INDUSTRY

Compensation[2]          0.8        0.7             1.9       2.0       1.7      2.0      2.3
Wages and salaries       0.8        0.7             1.8       2.1       1.7      1.9      2.3
Benefits                 1.1        0.6             2.0       1.9       1.8      2.4      2.3

   STATE AND LOCAL
     GOVERNMENT

Compensation[2]          0.5        0.5             1.7       1.9       1.9      2.0      2.1
Wages and salaries       0.3        0.6             0.9       1.1       1.2      1.3      1.6
Benefits                 0.9        0.3             2.9       3.3       3.0      3.2      3.0
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[1] Includes private industry and State and local government.
[2] Includes wages and salaries and benefits.

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