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October 28, 2005
Bigger Rise in Compensation Costs

Compensation costs for the private sector rose 0.8 percent from June to September 2005, compared with a gain of 0.6 percent in the prior quarter, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.

For state and local government workers, compensation costs rose 1.1 percent in September, greater than the gain of 0.7 percent for the quarter ended in June.

Benefit costs rose 1.3 percent for private industry workers in the September 2005 quarter, following a more modest gain of 0.8 percent in the June quarter. Benefit costs for state and local government workers increased 1.7 percent in the September quarter, compared with a 1.2 percent gain in the prior quarter.

Wages and salaries for private industry workers increased 0.6 percent during the September 2005 quarter, the same increases as in the previous two quarters. Wages and salaries in state and local government advanced 0.7 percent during the June to September 2005 period, following an increase of 0.5 percent in the prior quarter.

Among private industry workers, benefit costs contributed one-third of the compensation gains during the quarter.

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