September 11, 2008
In June 2008, average costs in private industry for retirement and savings benefits were 95 cents per hour worked, or 3.6 percent of total compensation.
Among occupational groups, retirement and savings costs ranged from 22 cents per hour worked for service occupations to $1.94 for management, professional, and related occupations. Sales and office occupations averaged 61 cents; production, transportation, and material moving occupations, 87 cents; and natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations, $1.42 per hour.
The proportion of total compensation represented by retirement and savings ranged from 1.6 percent for service workers to 4.7 percent for natural resources, construction, and maintenance workers.
These data are from the BLS National Compensation Survey - Compensation Cost Trends program. Learn more in "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation—June 2008," (PDF) (HTML) news release USDL 08-1271.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employer costs for retirement and savings plans, June 2008 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/sept/wk2/art04.htm (visited March 31, 2015).
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.
Women veterans in the labor force examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.