Corrections to Employment Cost Index and Employer Costs for Employee Compensation Data

Employment Cost Index data for September 2012 through March 2013, as originally published, contained errors for several series.

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation contained errors for September 2012 and December 2012.

Employment Cost Index

The specific data series that contain statistically significant differences (when compared to the original estimates) for one or more reference periods, for 3-month or 12-month percent changes, are listed below:

Table 1. ECI series with statistically significant differences between originally published estimates and corrected estimates, September 2012 through March 2013, not seasonally adjusted
Table Ownership Measure Series September 2012 December 2012 March 2013

Table 4

Civilian Total compensation All workers, excluding incentive paid occupations (*) (*) (Q)

Table 4

Civilian Total compensation Sales and office (*) (*) (Q)

Table 4

Civilian Total compensation Sales and related (*) (*) (Q)

Table 4

Civilian Total compensation Office and administrative support (*) (*) (Q) (A)

Table 12

Civilian Benefits All workers (*) (*) (Q) (A)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation All workers (*) (*) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation All workers, excluding incentive workers (*) (*) (Q) (A)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Sales and office (*) (*) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Sales and office, excluding incentive paid occupations (*) (*) (Q) (A)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Sales and related (*) (*) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Sales and related, excluding incentive paid occupations (Q) (A) A (Q) (A)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Office and administrative support (*) (*) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Service-providing industries (*) (*) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Service-providing industries, excluding incentive paid occupations (*) (*) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Service-providing industries, sales and office (*) (*) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Trade, transportation, and utilities (*) (*) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Trade, transportation, and utilities, excluding incentive paid occupations (Q) (*) (Q) (A)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Wholesale trade (*) (*) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Wholesale trade, excluding incentive paid occupations (*) (*) (Q) (A)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Retail trade (Q) (A) (A) (Q)

Table 5

Private industry Total compensation Retail trade, excluding incentive paid occupations (Q) (A) (A) (Q) (A)

Table 6

Private industry Total compensation Nonunion, service-providing industries (*) (*) (Q)

Table 6

Private industry Total compensation South (*) (*) (Q)

Table 6

Private industry Total compensation South Atlantic (*) (*) (Q)

Table 6

Private industry Total Compensation East South Central (*) (*) (Q)

Table 6

Private industry Total compensation East North Central (*) (*) (Q)

Table 12

Private industry Benefits All workers (Q) (*) (Q) (A)

Table 12

Private industry Benefits Sales and office (Q) (A) (A) (Q) (A)

Table 12

Private industry Benefits Production, transportation, and material moving (*) (*) (Q)

Table 12

Private industry Benefits Goods-producing industries (*) (*) (Q)

Table 12

Private industry Benefits Manufacturing (*) (*) (Q) A

Table 12

Private industry Benefits Service-providing industries (Q) (*) (Q) (A)

Table 12

Private industry Benefits Nonunion (*) (*) (Q) (A)

Footnotes:
(A) = Statistically significant 12-month percent change
(Q) = Statistically significant 3-month percent change
(*) = No statistically significant change

Other series were also corrected but the differences were not statistically significant. Table 2 contains all seasonally adjusted and not-seasonally adjusted series with at least one corrected estimate from September 2012 through March 2013. In some seasonal series, corrections were made to estimates prior to September 2012.

Corrected data are available at www.bls.gov/ncs/ect/data.htm. In addition, the following historical listings (located at www.bls.gov/ect/#tables) have been corrected:

The following national ECI news releases, which contain the incorrect data, will not be reissued. However, they contain a statement about the errors and refer users to this website.

  • September 2012 (USDL-12-2162) (HTML) (PDF)
  • December 2012 (USDL-13-0143) (HTML) (PDF)
  • March 2013 (USDL-13-0781) (HTML) (PDF)

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation

The specific data series that contain statistically significant differences (when compared to the original estimates) for one or more reference periods are listed below:

Table 1. ECEC series with statistically significant differences between originally published estimates and corrected estimates, September 2012 and December 2012
Table Ownership Measure Series September
2012
December
2012

Table 1

Civilian Insurance Sales and office workers (X) (*)

Table 1

Civilian Health insurance Sales and office workers (X) (*)

Table 2

Civilian Insurance Sales and related workers (X) (X)

Table 5

Private industry Insurance Sales and office workers (X) (X)

Table 5

Private industry Health insurance Sales and office workers (X) (X)

Table 6

Private industry Insurance Trade, transportation, and utilities industries (*) (X)

Table 6

Private industry Health insurance Trade, transportation, and utilities industries (*) (X)

Table 9

Private industry Insurance Sales and related workers (X) (X)

Table 9

Private industry Insurance Service-providing industries, sales and office workers (X) (X)

Table 10

Private industry Insurance Retail trade industries (X) (X)

Table 11

Private industry Insurance Full time, sales and related workers (X) (X)

Table 11

Private industry Insurance Part-time, sales and related workers (X) (X)

Footnotes:
(X) = Statistically significant change
(*) = No statistically significant change

Note: All series are dollar estimates. Standard errors for proportion estimates are not computed.


Table 2 contains supplementary series that have at least one corrected estimate for September 2012 and December 2012 where the differences is statistically significant from the original estimate.
Table 3 contains news release series and table 4 supplemental series that have at least one corrected estimate for September 2012 and December 2012 that is not significantly different from the original estimate.
Corrected data are available at www.bls.gov/ncs/ect/data.htm. In addition, the following historical listings have been corrected:

  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation Historical Listing, March 2004 to present (TXT) (PDF)
  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation Supplementary Tables Historical Listing, December 2006 to present (TXT) (PDF)
  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation Supplementary Tables
  • ECEC Standard Errors – News Release Tables
  • ECEC Standard Errors – Supplementary Tables

The following national ECEC news releases, which contain the incorrect data, will not be reissued. However, they contain a statement about the errors and refer users to this website.

    • September 2012 (USDL-12-2404) (HTML) (PDF)
    • December 2012 (USDL-13-0421) (HTML) (PDF)

 

Last Modified Date: July 17, 2013