Benefit costs rose 1.3% for civilian and private industry workers in the quarter ended in September, compared with a 0.8% increase for both sectors in the previous quarter, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Benefits accounted for more than 40% of the 0.8% rise in overall compensation costs for workers and one-third of the compensation increase among private-industry workers in the quarter. Among state and local government workers, benefit costs rose 1.7% in the quarter -- accounting for more than half of the compensation gains -- and 1.2% in the previous quarter. Health insurance represented one-fifth of the increased compensation costs for civil servants. In the hospital industry, total compensation costs increased 1.1% in the quarter compared with 0.7% in the previous quarter. -- by Cinda Becker
Benefits make up big share of compensation growth
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