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March 22, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Employer costs for legally required benefits in December 2011

Private industry employer costs per hour worked for legally required benefits by establishment employment size and major industry group, December 2011
Establishment employment size and major industry group Cost of legally required benefits per hour worked

Total

$2.33

  1-49 workers, total

2.06

     Goods producing

2.81

     Service providing

1.94

  50-99 workers, total

2.22

     Goods producing

2.87

     Service providing

2.09

  100-499 workers, total

2.34

     Goods producing

2.82

     Service providing

2.23

  500 workers or more, total

2.96

     Goods producing

3.25

     Service providing

2.88

These data are featured in the TED article, Employer costs for legally required benefits in December 2011.