Cornell University

Institute for Compensation Studies™

273 Ives Faculty Building, 607-255-4424

ICS' Quarterly Commentary on the Employment Cost Index


For 2013

For 2012

  • Third Quarter 2012
    ECI aligns with "Jobs Report" in signaling steadily strengthening employment picture
  • Second Quarter 2012
    12-month percent change in private sector benefit costs drops precipitously
  • First Quarter 2012
    ECI essentially flat with increases reported throughout 2010 and 2011

For 2011

 For 2010

  • Fourth quarter 2010
    Labor costs inching up, but not enough to chill hiring: Cornell expert
  • Third quarter 2010
    Growth rates of U.S. employment costs for the third quarter of 2010 provide further evidence of a soft, but non-recessionary private-sector labor market. The state and local public-sector labor market continues to struggle.
  • Second quarter 2010
    Benefits Explain Why Employers’ Costs Rise, But Employees Might Feel Worse Off: Director of Cornell’s Institute for Compensation Studies™