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The average cost of labor in private industry in June was $30.11 per employee, down slightly from $31.93 in March, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Of that, nearly 70 percent was attributed to wages and salaries. Average cost of benefits per hour was just over $9, or 30 percent of the total cost of compensation, down from March’s 31.2 percent. The BLS reported that the comparable cost among state and local government employees was $43.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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