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 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Employment Cost Index (ECI) for private industry workers rose 3.2 percent in the West from September 1992 to September 1993, according to Sam Hirabayashi, regional commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. He said that a 2.8 percent increase in wages and salaries accounted for most of the 3.2 percent rise in compensation. Wages and salaries and total compensation had increased 2.3 percent and 3.1 percent respectively in the year ending June 1993. In the year ending September 1992, compensation in the West had advanced 3.7 percent while wages and salaries alone rose 3.3 percent.
 The 3.2 percent rise in compensation in the West was lower than the 3.7 percent increase in compensation for private industry workers in the nation during this period. The advance in the West was also below the increases in other regions, which ranged from a 3.5 percent in the South to 4.2 percent in the Midwest.
 Employer costs for total compensation rose 1.2 percent in the third quarter in the West, greater than the 0.7 percent increase in the Midwest, and the 0.9 percent increases in the Northeast, South, and the nation. The ECI for the West is not seasonally adjusted.
 In the five-year span from September 1988 to September 1993, total compensation in the West increased 21.4 percent, below the 23.3 percent increase in compensation in the nation. During this period, compensation rose 21.3 percent in the South, 23.8 percent in the Midwest, and 26.5 percent in the Northeast.
 For wages and salaries alone (exclusive of fringe benefits), the ECI for private industry workers in the West rose 1.4 percent in the third quarter of 1993. This was greater than the 1.0 percent advances in both the nation and the Northeast, and increases of 0.9 percent in the South and 0.5 percent in the Midwest during this period.
 In the year ending September 1993, Western wages and salaries rose 2.8 percent, below the 3.1 percent advance in the nation. The 2.8 percent increase in the West also trailed increases in other regions during the past 12 months--2.9 percent in the South, 3.0 percent in the Midwest, and 3.4 percent in the Northeast. The 2.8 percent increase in wage and salary costs from September 1992 to September 1993 was above the 2.6 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) for the West during this period. During the past five years, the 18.0 percent advance in wage and salary costs was well below the 22.0 percent rise in the CPI for the West.
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 /CONTACT: Sam Hirabayashi, 415-744-7166, or Leon Bornstein, 415-744-7163, both of the Bureau of Labor Statistics/

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