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April 2006, Vol. 129, No. 4
Employment Cost Index publication plans
The Employment Cost Index (ECI) has undergone several changes since its introduction 30 years ago. Initially, in December 1975, the series measured private industry wage changes. In March 1980, the series was expanded to include both wages and employer costs for employee benefits. The scope of the ECI was broadened again in September 1981 to cover State and local governments. The 1980s and 1990s brought additional industry and occupational details, while, in March 2006, BLS changed the ECI again to reflect a switch to new industry and occupational classification systems used throughout the Federal statistical community. In the future, additional geographic, industry, and occupational series may be phased into the program. This article describes the impact of the new industry and occupational classification systems on publication series, as well as notes other related developments that will occur simultaneously.
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