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Changing Compensation Costs in the Dallas Metropolitan Area – December 2013


Total compensation costs for private industry workers increased 3.3 percent in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metropolitan area for the year ended in December 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that one year ago, Dallas-Fort Worth experienced an annual gain of 1.1 percent in total compensation costs. Locally, wages and salaries, the largest component of total compensation costs, advanced at a 3.5-percent pace for the 12-month period ended in December 2013. Nationwide, total compensation costs rose 2.0 percent and wages and salaries rose 2.1 percent over the same period. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Chart 1. Twelve-month percent changes in the Employment Cost Index for total compensation and for wages and salaries, private industry workers, United States and the Dallas area, not seasonally adjusted, December 2011 to December 2013


Dallas is 1 of 15 metropolitan areas in the United States, and 1 of 5 areas in the South region of the country, for which local compensation cost data are available. Among these 15 largest areas, Dallas experienced the highest percent change in both total compensation costs and in wages and salaries from December 2012 to December 2013. Over-the-year rates of change in total compensation costs ranged from a 3.3-percent increase in Dallas to a 1.5-percent increase in Phoenix; for wages and salaries, annual gains ranged from 3.5 percent in Dallas to 1.3 percent in New York. (See chart 2)

The annual increase in total compensation costs in Dallas-Fort Worth in December 2013, at 3.3 percent, compared to advances ranging from 2.0 to 1.7 percent in the four other metropolitan areas in the South (Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and Washington). Dallas-Fort Worth's 3.5-percent gain in wages and salaries over this 12-month period compared to rates ranging from 2.4 to 1.5 percent in the four other southern localities. (See table 2.)

Locality compensation costs are part of the national Employment Cost Index (ECI), which measures quarterly changes in total compensation costs, including wages, salaries, and employer costs for employee benefits. In addition to the 15 local estimates provided in this release, ECI data for the nation, 4 geographical regions, and 9 geographical divisions are available. (Geographical definitions for the metropolitan areas mentioned in this release are included in the Technical Note.)

Chart 2. Twelve-month percent change in the Employment Cost Index for total compensation and for wages and salaries, private industry workers, United States and localities, not seasonally adjusted, December 2012 to December 2013

In addition to the geographic data, a comprehensive national report is available that provides data by industry, occupational group, and union status, as well as for both private, and state and local government employees. The ECI for the nation, regions, and divisions for March 2014 will be released on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (ET). Information from the Employment Cost Index program is available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

Updated Employment Weights

Beginning with this release, Employment Cost Index measures are based on 2012 fixed employment counts, rather than 2002 counts.

Technical Note

The Employment Cost Index (ECI) is a measure of the change in the cost of labor, free from the influence of employment shifts among occupations and industries. The total compensation series includes changes in wages and salaries and employer costs for employee benefits.

Wages and salaries are defined as straight-time average hourly earnings or, for workers not paid on an hourly basis, straight-time earnings divided by the corresponding hours. Straight-time wage and salary rates are total earnings before payroll deductions, excluding premium pay for overtime, work on weekends and holidays, and shift differentials. Production bonuses, incentive earnings, commission payments, and cost-of-living adjustments are included in straight-time earnings, whereas nonproduction bonuses (such as Christmas or year-end bonuses) are excluded. Also excluded are such items as payments-in-kind, free room and board, and tips.

Selection of areas

Based on available resources and the existing ECI sample, it was determined that estimates would be published for 15 metropolitan areas. Since the ECI sample sizes by area are directly related to area employment, the areas with the largest private industry employment as of the year 2000 were selected. For each of these areas, 12-month percent changes and associated standard areas were computed for the periods since December 2006. (Note: The Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, Wash. area was added to the list in September 2009.) The metropolitan area definitions of the 15 published localities are listed below.

Definitions of the four geographic regions of the country are noted below.


Table 1. Employment Cost Index for total compensation and for wages and salaries, private industry workers, United States, South region, and the Dallas area, not seasonally adjusted
Area Total compensation Wages and salaries
12-month percent changes for period ended: 12-month percent changes for period ended:
Mar. Jun. Sep. Dec. Mar. Jun. Sep. Dec.
United States

2006

2.6 2.8 3.0 3.2 2.4 2.8 3.0 3.2

2007

3.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.6 3.3 3.4 3.3

2008

3.2 3.0 2.8 2.4 3.2 3.1 2.9 2.6

2009

1.9 1.5 1.2 1.2 2.0 1.6 1.4 1.3

2010

1.6 1.9 2.0 2.1 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.8

2011

2.0 2.3 2.1 2.2 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.6

2012

2.1 1.8 1.9 1.8 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.7

2013

1.9 1.9 1.9 2.0 1.7 1.9 1.8 2.1
South Region

2006

2.1 2.3 3.1 3.5 2.1 2.3 3.2 3.6

2007

3.3 3.6 3.2 3.1 3.6 3.9 3.5 3.3

2008

3.4 3.0 2.8 2.4 3.3 3.3 3.1 2.8

2009

1.9 1.5 1.4 1.3 2.1 1.5 1.4 1.4

2010

1.5 1.7 1.7 1.9 1.4 1.5 1.4 1.7

2011

1.7 2.1 2.0 2.0 1.6 1.8 1.9 1.6

2012

2.3 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.3

2013

2.2 2.1 2.1 2.0 2.3 2.2 2.0 2.0
Dallas-Fort Worth

2006

3.1 3.3

2007

3.3 2.6 2.3 2.6 3.6 2.9 2.1 2.4

2008

3.3 2.7 2.6 2.6 3.0 2.5 2.9 3.2

2009

1.9 2.1 1.3 0.6 2.5 3.0 1.4 0.5

2010

1.4 1.7 2.7 2.9 0.8 0.9 2.6 2.5

2011

2.3 3.2 2.8 2.8 2.2 2.3 1.6 1.4

2012

2.6 1.4 1.0 1.1 1.1 0.8 0.8 1.2

2013

1.6 1.6 2.3 3.3 1.8 2.0 2.3 3.5


Table 2. Employment Cost Index for total compensation and for wages and salaries, private industry workers, United States, geographical regions, and localities, not seasonally adjusted
Area Total compensation Wages and salaries
12-month percent changes for period ended: 12-month percent changes for period ended:
Dec. 2012 Sep. 2013 Dec. 2013 Dec. 2012 Sep. 2013 Dec. 2013

United States

1.8 1.9 2.0 1.7 1.8 2.1

Northeast

1.5 1.8 2.0 1.5 1.7 1.8

Boston-Worcester-Manchester

1.6 1.9 2.0 1.3 2.2 2.2

New York-Newark-Bridgeport

1.6 2.0 1.8 1.4 1.5 1.3

Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland

1.8 2.8 2.2 2.4 2.3 1.7

South

2.3 2.1 2.0 2.3 2.0 2.0

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville

4.7 4.0 2.0 4.4 3.9 1.5

Dallas-Fort Worth

1.1 2.3 3.3 1.2 2.3 3.5

Houston-Baytown-Huntsville

2.7 1.9 2.0 2.8 2.5 2.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach

2.0 2.4 1.9 1.9 2.6 2.4

Washington-Baltimore-No. Virginia

1.4 1.7 1.7 1.1 1.6 1.8

Midwest

1.8 1.6 1.6 1.9 1.7 1.8

Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City

2.0 1.3 1.6 1.3 1.4 2.2

Detroit-Warren-Flint

-0.3 1.7 1.7 2.5 2.3 2.0

Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud

0.8 1.5 2.0 0.4 1.1 1.6

West

1.5 2.1 2.4 1.3 2.0 2.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside

2.6 2.2 1.7 2.4 2.2 1.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale

0.5 1.5 1.5 1.2 2.1 2.0

San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland

2.6 3.4 2.6 2.4 3.3 2.4

Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia

3.1 2.9 1.7 2.0 3.0 1.8

Last Modified Date: February 4, 2014