The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has a
variety of numbers that can be used to gauge movements in business costs. Some
of them measure labor costs, while others measure the prices of goods and
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Producer Price Indexes
Latest numbers, tables, news releases, frequently asked questions,
and other information about the PPI.
Quarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor costs (also
called "employment costs" or "compensation costs") and annual data measuring
the level of costs per hour worked.
Compensation Survey Benefits
Information on the share of workers
who participate in specified benefits, such as health care, retirement plans,
and paid vacations. The data also show the details of those benefits, such as
deductible amounts, retirement ages, and amounts of paid leave.
Monthly data on changes in the prices of goods traded between
the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Output per hour and unit labor costs for U.S. business sector,
nonfarm business sector, and manufacturing sector. In addition, output per hour
and unit labor costs are available for specific industries.
The Foreign Labor Statistics program provides international
comparisons of hourly compensation costs; productivity and unit labor costs;
labor force, employment, and unemployment rates; and consumer prices.
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FedStats.gov provides access to virtually all statistical information available
to the public from the federal government.