This page provides further information on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for the December 2020 Employer Costs for Employee Compensation news release.
Employer Costs for Employee Compensation data are collected by BLS field economists contacting establishment respondents. Respondents may provide information through personal visits, phone, email, electronic file transmission, fax, and mail. Field economists have discontinued personal visits and are relying on the other collection methods at this time.
Nonresponse may increase because of difficulty reaching survey respondents or selected jobs having no workers for the reference period. See the historical response rates. Response rates were comparable in December 2020 to the September 2020 release.
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Wages and salaries
To help users evaluate the reliability of Employer Costs for Employee Compensation estimates, relative standard errors are available for news release tables and supplemental private industry tables (TXT) (PDF).
There were no changes to estimation methods for the December 2020 release of the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation. Benchmarking by size class was performed using June 2020 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data. Benchmarking by industry was conducted using December 2020 (third closing) data from the Current Employment Statistics.
Last Modified Date: March 18, 2021