Compensation costs in March 2013: state and local government workers

May 01, 2013

Compensation costs for state and local government workers increased 1.9 percent for the 12-month period ending March 2013. In March 2012 the increase was 1.5 percent.

Employment Cost Index, compensation costs, state and local government workers, 12-month percent change, not seasonally adjusted, March 2011–March 2013
 Total compensationWages and salariesBenefits

Mar 2011

Jun 2011

Sep 2011

Dec 2011

Mar 2012

Jun 2012

Sep 2012

Dec 2012

Mar 2013

Wages and salaries were up 1.0 percent for the 12-month period ending March 2013, the same as the March 2012 change. Prior values for this series, which began in June 1982, ranged from 1.0 percent to 8.5 percent.

Benefit costs increased 3.5 percent in March 2013, up from the March 2012 increase of 2.3 percent.

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program. To learn more, see “Employment Cost Index — March 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-0781.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Compensation costs in March 2013: state and local government workers on the Internet at (visited September 28, 2016).


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