January 31, 2003
Compensation costs for private sector workers advanced 0.7 percent from September 2002 to December 2002 (seasonally adjusted), after rising 0.6 percent in the prior quarter.
Wages and salaries in the private sector inched up 0.4 percent for the second consecutive quarter, after larger gains earlier in the year.
Benefit costs for private industry workers were up 1.2 percent for the December quarter, compared with a 1.0-percent advance in the June-September period.
These data are from the BLS Compensation Cost Trends program. Compensation costs (also known as employment costs) include wages, salaries, and employer costs for employee benefits. Learn more in "Employment Cost Index—December 2002" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 03-32.