Employer Cost Index (Archives)

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The Employer Cost Index (ECI) measures of the change in the cost of labor, excluding the influence of employment shifts among occupations and industries.ECI includes changes in wages and salaries plus employer costs for employee benefits. The survey covers all occupations in the civilian economy.  Because of changes in methodology, two ECI databases exist: one for data through the year 2000, and a second with data starting in 2001. 


Many summary goods and service items are available since 1982, but detailed goods and service items are available for more limited periods.

Geographic Coverage: U.S.

Periodicity: Quarterly

Series Begins/Ends: 2001 - 2013