The wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a steady pace in the second quarter compared to the first three months of the year, as income signs of slight acceleration.
The labor department says total compensation increased 0.6% from April to June, matching the pace of the prior three months.
Over the last 12 months, employment costs have risen 2.3%, up from the annual pace of 2% a year ago.
For private industry, most of the growth has come in the form of wages and salaries that account for 70% of compensation cost.
But for state and local government workers, the increase largely resulted from greater spending on benefits.
Despite the moderate increase, employment costs still indicate minimal inflation pressures.