The BLS said that December to March benefit costs changed by 0.1%, after an increase of 1.1% during the previous three-month period and wages and salaries increased by 1.1% during the same December to March period.
Compensation costs for the private sector also rose
0.6%, with compensation costs for state and local
government workers rising by 1.3% — up from the 1%
increase the quarter before. Wages and salaries of civilian
workers rose 1.1% in the March quarter, up from 0.7%.
Private industry workers’ wages and salaries increased
1.1% during the March 2006 quarter, compared with a 0.8%
gain in the previous three-month period.
Wages and salaries in state and local government advanced 0.9% during the December to March period, moderating from the 0.8% increase in the prior quarter. Benefits costs declined 0.3% for the private industry in the March quarter, compared to a 0.9% gain in the quarter before.
The change in benefit costs for civilian workers in the
March quarter was 0.1%, down from an increase of 1.1% in
the December quarter. For state and local
government, benefits increased 2.1%, up from 1.4% in the
The Employment Cost Index (ECI), a component of the National Compensation Survey, measures quarterly changes in compensation costs, which include wages, salaries, and employer costs for employee benefits for civilian workers.