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Employment Cost Index Summary

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8:30 a.m. (ET) Friday, July 30, 2021

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				EMPLOYMENT COST INDEX  June 2021
				
Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month
period ending in June 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries
increased 0.9 percent and benefit costs increased 0.4 percent from March 2021. (See tables A, 1, 2,
and 3.)

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.9 percent for the 12-month period ending in
June 2021 and increased 2.7 percent in June 2020. Wages and salaries increased 3.2 percent for the
12-month period ending in June 2021 and increased 2.9 percent for the 12-month period ending in 
June 2020. Benefit costs increased 2.2 percent over the year and increased 2.2 percent for the 
12-month period ending in June 2020. (See tables A, 4, 8, and 12.)

Compensation costs for private industry workers increased 3.1 percent over the year. In June 2020,
the increase was 2.7 percent. Wages and salaries increased 3.5 percent for the 12-month period 
ending in June 2021 and increased 2.9 percent in June 2020. The cost of benefits increased 2.0 
percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2021 and increased 2.0 percent in June 2020. 
(See tables A, 5, 9, and 12.) 

Employer costs for health benefits increased 0.4 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 
2021.(See www.bls.gov/ncs/ect/data.htm.)

Among private industry occupational groups, compensation cost increases for the 12-month period 
ending in June 2021 ranged from 2.4 percent for management, professional, and related occupations
to 4.8 percent for service occupations. Within industry supersectors, compensation cost increases 
ranged from 2.6 percent for both manufacturing and professional and business services to 5.5 
percent for leisure and hospitality. (See table 5.)

Compensation costs for state and local government workers increased 2.0 percent for the 12-month 
period ending in June 2021, compared with an increase of 2.7 percent in June 2020. Wages and 
salaries increased 1.6 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2021 and 2.6 percent a year
ago. Benefit costs increased 2.6 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2021. The prior 
year increase was 3.1 percent. (See tables A, 7, 11, and 12.)

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     Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on the June 2021 Employment Cost Index
Response rates for June were comparable with prior releases and no changes in estimation 
procedures were necessary. Additional information is available at www.bls.gov/covid19/home.htm.
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Table A. Major series of the Employment Cost Index [Percent change]
Category 3-month,
seasonally adjusted
12-month, not seasonally adjusted
Mar.
2021
Jun.
2021
Jun.
2020
Sep.
2020
Dec.
2020
Mar.
2021
Jun.
2021

Civilian workers(1)

Compensation(2)

0.9 0.7 2.7 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.9

Wages and salaries

1.0 0.9 2.9 2.5 2.6 2.7 3.2

Benefits

0.6 0.4 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.5 2.2

Private industry

Compensation(2)

1.0 0.8 2.7 2.4 2.6 2.8 3.1

Wages and salaries

1.1 1.0 2.9 2.7 2.8 3.0 3.5

Benefits

0.6 0.3 2.0 2.0 2.1 2.5 2.0

State and local government

Compensation(2)

0.4 0.6 2.7 2.3 2.3 2.0 2.0

Wages and salaries

0.4 0.5 2.6 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.6

Benefits

0.4 0.7 3.1 3.2 3.1 2.6 2.6

Footnotes
(1) Includes private industry and state and local government.
(2) Includes wages and salaries and benefits.

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Last Modified Date: July 30, 2021