The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the data on compensation costs today.
Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.0 percent for the 12-month period ending December 2010. The majority of the increase came from an increase in benefits costs, i.e. primarily retirement costs. Benefits costs were up 2.9% compared to a 1.6% increase in wages and salaries.
During the previous year (2009) the increase in compensation costs was 1.4 percent.
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