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December 14, 2009 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Employer costs for employee compensation, September 2009

Employer costs per hour worked: civilian, private industry, and state and local government workers, September 2009
Employer     Civilian         Private industry     State and local government

Total compensation

$29.40 $27.49 $39.83

Wages and salaries

$20.50 $19.45 $26.24


$8.90 $8.05 $13.60

These data featured in the TED article, Employer costs for employee compensation, September 2009.



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