Benefit costs for State and local government workers up sharply in past 3 months
October 30, 2001
Benefit costs for State and local government workers rose 2.4 percent during the June-September 2001 period, greatly exceeding the 1.1-percent increase in the previous 3-month period. The increase in benefit costs was largely due to increases in employment costs for health insurance and retirement benefits.
Wages and salaries for State and local government workers rose 1.0 percent in the quarter ended in September, following a 1.1-percent increase the previous quarter. Increases in wages and salaries have ranged between 0.8 and 1.1 percent since December 1999.
The 12-month gain in benefit costs for September 2001 was 5.6 percent, double the gain of 2.8 percent in September 2000 and the highest yearly increase in nearly a decade. The increase in wages and salaries was 3.9 percent, compared with a gain of 3.5 percent recorded for September 2000.
These data are from the BLS Employment Cost Trends program. The 3-month changes in this article are seasonally adjusted, while the 12-months changes are not seasonally adjusted. Learn more in "Employment Cost Index—September 2001," news release USDL 01-369.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Benefit costs for State and local government workers up sharply in past 3 months on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/oct/wk5/art02.htm (visited April 27, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
STEM occupations: past, present, and future
A look at employment and wages in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupations.
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.