November 01, 2006
Compensation costs in private industry rose 3.0 percent in the year ended September 2006, compared with a 2.9-percent increase in September 2005.
The components of compensation differed in their rates of change. While increases in wages and salaries became greater, the sharp increase in benefit costs seen for private industry workers over the past several years slowed to a more moderate pace.
For private industry workers, wages and salaries rose 3.0 percent in the year ended September 2006, up from 2.3 percent the previous year. Benefits costs were up 2.8 percent, slowing significantly from increases of 4.5 percent for the year ended September 2005 and 6.7 percent for the year ended September 2004.