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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. Similarly, data for September 2012 and December 2012

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation contained errors. Details are listed below.

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 and/or 12-month percent changes, are listed below:

ECI series with statistically significant differences between originally published estimates and corrected estimates, September 2012 through March 2013, by periodicity
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:
(*) = No statistically significant change
(A) = Statistically significant 12-month percent change
(Q) = Statistically significant 3-month percent change

Note: All series are not seasonally adjusted series. Standard errors for seasonally adjusted series are not computed.

Additional series were also corrected where the corrected data were different from the original data but those differences were not statistically significant. A listing of those series is at www.bls.gov/ncs/ect/eci_notsig_table2.htm. Series that had both statistically significant corrections and not statistically significant corrections appear in both listings. 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 Errata Notice

BLS has discovered errors in the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation data for September 2012 and December 2012. There is no impact on March 2013 estimates. The primary errors are in insurance benefits data. Additional series are subject to correction as well. Earlier news releases will not be corrected. Historical and supplemental historical tables for the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation will be updated when corrected data are available. The data series will be corrected in the public database available on the BLS website and the historical listings on the National Compensation Survey and Employment Cost Trends webpages. All corrections will be available prior to July 31, 2013.

Last Modified Date: January 24, 2014