Employment Cost Index Summary

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                               EMPLOYMENT COST INDEX – June 2017

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.5 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month
period ending in June 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries
(which make up about 70 percent of compensation costs) increased 0.5 percent, and benefits (which make
up the remaining 30 percent of compensation) increased 0.6 percent. (See chart 1 and tables A, 1, 2, and
3.)

 Civilian Workers

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.4 percent for the 12-month period ending in June
2017. In June 2016, compensation costs increased 2.3 percent. Wages and salaries increased 2.3 percent
for the current 12-month period and increased 2.5 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2016.
Benefit costs increased 2.5 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2017. In June 2016, the
increase was 2.0 percent. (See chart 2 and tables A, 4, 8, and 12.)

Private Industry Workers

Compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.4 percent over the year. In June 2016, the
increase was the same. Wages and salaries increased 2.4 percent for the current 12-month period. In June
2016, the increase was 2.6 percent. The cost of benefits rose 2.2 percent for the 12-month period ending
in June 2017, higher than the 1.7 percent increase in June 2016. (See charts 3 and 4 and tables A, 5, 9,
and 12.)

Employer costs for health benefits increased 1.2 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2017. (
For further information, see www.bls.gov/web/eci/echealth.pdf.)

Among occupational groups, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the 12-month
period ending in June 2017 ranged from 1.7 percent for sales and office occupations to 2.9 percent for
service occupations. (See table 5.)

Among industry supersectors, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the 12- month
period ending in June 2017 ranged from 1.8 percent for professional and business services to 3.9 percent
for leisure and hospitality. (See table 5.)

State and Local Government Workers

Compensation costs for state and local government workers increased 2.6 percent for the 12-month period
ending in June 2017. In June 2016, the increase was 2.3 percent. Wages and salaries increased 2.1
percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2017, higher than the June 2016 increase of 1.7 percent.
Benefit costs increased 3.2 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2017. The prior year’s
increase was 3.4 percent. (See chart 5 and tables A, 7, 11, and 12.)

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Table A.  Major series of the Employment Cost Index
(Percent change)

Category                     3-month,                               12-month,
                       seasonally adjusted                   not seasonally adjusted
                         Mar.       June           June      Sept.     Dec.     Mar.    June
                         2017       2017           2016      2016      2016     2017    2017
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   CIVILIAN WORKERS[1]

Compensation[2]          0.8        0.5            2.3       2.3       2.2      2.4      2.4
Wages and salaries       0.8        0.5            2.5       2.4       2.3      2.5      2.3
Benefits                 0.7        0.6            2.0       2.3       2.1      2.2      2.5

   PRIVATE INDUSTRY

Compensation[2]          0.8        0.5            2.4       2.3       2.2      2.3      2.4
Wages and salaries       0.9        0.5            2.6       2.4       2.3      2.6      2.4
Benefits                 0.6        0.6            1.7       1.8       1.8      1.9      2.2

   STATE AND LOCAL
     GOVERNMENT

Compensation[2]          0.6        0.5            2.3       2.6       2.4      2.6      2.6
Wages and salaries       0.6        0.4            1.7       2.0       2.1      2.2      2.1
Benefits                 0.8        0.7            3.4       3.7       3.1      3.1      3.2
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  [1] Includes private industry and state and local government. 
  [2] Includes wages and salaries and benefits.

The Employment Cost Index for September 2017 is scheduled for release on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at
8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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