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By Sara Haire and Holly Stokes 
     WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following are the key points from the 
third quarter employment cost index report released Tuesday 
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: 
     - Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7% for the 
third quarter, as expected, and up from +0.5% last quarter. 
     - The Y/Y for the 12-month period ending in September 2017 saw a 
slight increase to 2.5% for compensation for civilian workers, up from 
the +2.4% seen in second quarter and +2.3% Y/Y seen in the third quarter 
of 2016. 
     - Wages and salaries increased 0.7% Q/Q, up from the 0.5% increase 
seen for the second quarter. Year-over-year was also up 2.5% from the 
+2.3% in the second quarter, and the +2.4% Y/Y seen in third quarter of 
2016. 
     - Benefits increased 0.8% Q/Q, up from 0.6% in 2Q. Year-over-year 
slid slightly to +2.4% from +2.5% in 2Q, but remained above the +2.3% 
Y/Y in third quarter of 2016. 
     - Compensation cost increases for private industry workers for 
the 12-month period ending in September ranged from +1.9% for 
education and health services to +3.4% for leisure and hospitality.
 ** MNI Washington Bureau: 202-371-2121 ** 
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