In nonfarm private industry, wages and salaries rose 4.2 percent for the year ended March 2000, up from a 3.3 percent increase in the year ended March 1999. In State and local government, the increase in wages and salaries was 3.8 percent, as compared with a 2.9 percent increase in March 1999.
Benefit costs for private industry workers increased 5.5 percent for the year ended in March 2000, a significant increase from 2.2 percent in March 1999. Benefit costs for State and local government workers increased 3.2 percent for the year ended in March 2000; in March 1999, the increase was 2.8 percent.
These data are from the BLS Employment Cost Trends program. Learn more in "Employment Cost Index—March 2000," news release USDL 00-120. The over-the-year changes reported in this article are based on not-seasonally-adjusted data.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Increases in wages and salaries and benefits, March 1999-March 2000 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/may/wk1/art02.htm (visited December 03, 2023).