Compensation Costs Increased 0.6 Percent in June

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.6%, seasonally adjusted, for the three-month period ending in June 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries increased 0.7% and benefit costs increased 0.5% from March 2019.

Civilian Workers

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.7% for the 12-month period ending in June 2019 compared with an increase of 2.8% in June 2018. Wages and salaries increased 2.9%  for the 12-month period ending in June 2019 and increased 2.8% for the 12-month period ending in June 2018. Benefit costs increased 2.3% for the 12-month period ending in June 2019. In June 2018, the increase was 2.9%.

Private Industry Workers

Compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.6% over the year, compared with a compensation cost increase of 2.9% in June 2018. Wages and salaries increased 3.0% for the 12-month period ending in June 2019 and increased 2.9% in June 2018. The cost of benefits rose 1.8%  for the 12-month period ending in June 2019 and increased 2.8% in June 2018.

Employer costs for health benefits increased 2.3% for the 12-month period ending in June 2019. (For further information, see www.bls.gov/web/eci/echealth.pdf.)

Among private industry occupational groups, compensation cost increases for the 12-month period ending in June 2019 ranged from 2.1% for natural resource, construction, and
maintenance occupations to 3.7% for service occupations.

Among private industry supersectors, compensation cost increases for the 12-month period ending in June 2019 ranged from 1.0 percent for information to 3.6% for leisure and hospitality.

State and Local Government Workers

Compensation costs for state and local government workers increased 3.0% for the 12-month period ending in June 2019. In June 2018, the increase was 2.3%. Wages and salaries
increased 2.5% for the 12-month period ending in June 2019 and 1.9% a year ago. Benefit costs increased 3.6% for the 12-month period ending in June 2019. The prior
year increase was 3.1%.