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Economic News Releases



Consumer Price Index

In March, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, and rose 3.5 percent over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted. The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.4 percent in March (SA); up 3.8 percent over the year (NSA).

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Employment Cost Index

Compensation costs increased 0.9 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from September 2023 to December 2023. Over the year, total compensation rose 4.2 percent, wages and salaries rose 4.3 percent, and benefit costs rose 3.8 percent.

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Employment Situation

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 303,000 in March, and the unemployment rate changed little at 3.8 percent. Job gains occurred in health care, government, and construction.

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Producer Price Index

The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.2 percent in March. Prices for final demand services advanced 0.3 percent, and the index for final demand goods edged down 0.1 percent. Prices for final demand increased 2.1 percent for the 12 months ended in March.

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Productivity and Costs

Productivity increased 3.2 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the fourth quarter of 2023; unit labor costs increased 0.4 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity increased 1.3 percent and unit labor costs increased 5.3 percent.

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Real Earnings

Real average hourly earnings for all employees were unchanged in March, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings increased 0.3 percent, and CPI-U increased 0.4 percent. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.3 percent.


U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

Prices for U.S. imports advanced 0.4 percent in March following an increase of 0.3 percent in February. U.S. export prices rose 0.3 percent in March, after a 0.7-percent advance the previous month. Over the past year, import prices rose 0.4 percent and export prices declined 1.4 percent.

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Last Modified Date: July 17, 2023