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Business Leader

Whether your company is looking to negotiate long-term contracts, assess employment costs, identify new markets for your products, or compare your business with others in your industry, we provide you with the detailed statistics you need to make informed decisions.

Contract Escalation

Business LeaderWe provide a variety of information that can be used in contracts to protect organizations against changing costs in the economy. The following guides show how to use BLS data in these contracts.

Wages, Costs, and Benefits

To help business leaders assess measures of occupational wages, costs, and benefits in their industry or geographic region, we provide a number of important statistics that impact the business community on an everyday basis.


A collection of information for wages by area and occupation across BLS programs contains data for each State, region, and the Nation. These statistics can be used for pay-setting purposes and are available for more than 800 occupations across 400 industries. Information is also available for more than 375 metropolitan statistical areas and 34 metropolitan divisions. A wage calculator is also available by type of occupation for over 85 geographical areas and the Nation as a whole.


The Employment Cost Index (ECI) report provides information on changes in wages, salaries, and benefit costs that affect workers and employers. The ECI provides statistics for all workers, along with separately published statistics for private industry, and State and local government workers.

Average hourly costs for employers are also calculated in the quarterly Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC) report, and are available for private industry groups, State and local government, and civilian workers.

To relate worker output to hours of labor input, the BLS produces productivity and cost data by major sector and industry. Detailed information on output per hour and unit labor costs for business, non-farm business, and manufacturing is available in the Productivity and Costs report.


Incidence and detailed provisions of benefit plans such as retirement, medical care, life insurance, and disability are also available through the annual Employee Benefits in Private Industry report. Detail is available by occupational groups, union and nonunion status, and full-time and part-time employees for private industry and State and local governments.

New Markets and Products

Consumer Products

To help your company market its products, the Consumer Expenditure Survey provides information on the buying habits of American consumers. This survey contains information on expenditures, income, and consumer unit characteristics.

You can review detailed information about expenditures, like the High-Income Tables, or check out special reports. If you wish to sort the information by characteristics like age, sex, occupation, and product purchased, you can Create Your Own Tables.

If you need the most detailed statistics to analyze the data still further, CD-ROMs are available that include all Public Use Microdata.

International Business

To help you gauge the competitiveness of businesses in the U.S. relative to those in foreign countries, the International Labor Comparisons program provides information like International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation and International Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity and Unit Labor Cost Trends.

Industry Comparisons

Industry group comparisons can help a business leader understand the marketplace and make informed decisions. Industries at a Glance is a great tool to see the variety of BLS data available for a sector in the economy.

  • Coverage includes more than 100 industry groups -- down to the 3-digit level in the NAICS (North American Industry Classification System).
  • All tables will be updated as new information becomes available.
  • Includes information on wage, price, and employment statistics.


Specific industry information is also available through: