State and local government compensation costs up 3.3 percent in past 12 months
May 03, 2004
The rate of increase in compensation costs slowed to 3.3 percent for State and local governments for the year ended March 2004, compared with an over-the-year gain of 4.2 percent in March 2003.
The components of compensation—wages and salaries, and benefit costs—continued to show significant differences. For State and local government workers, wages and salaries rose 2.1 percent in the year ended March 2004, compared with an increase of 6.2 percent for benefits.
These data are from the BLS Compensation Cost Trends program. Over-the-year percent changes are calculated using not-seasonally-adjusted data. For more information, see "Employment Cost Index – March 2004" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 04-751.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State and local government compensation costs up 3.3 percent in past 12 months on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2004/may/wk1/art01.htm (visited October 04, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
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.