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Area’s employment cost rises 2.5 percent

Total compensation costs for private industry workers rose 2.5 percent in the Boston area for the 12 months ended in June, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday.

Wages and salaries make up the largest component of total compensation; in the Boston area, they were up 2.8 percent in a year-to-year comparison. Nationally, wages and salaries rose 1.9 percent.

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In measuring what it calls the Employment Cost Index, the bureau examines data from 15 metropolitan areas.

Boston was among four areas above or matching the US average in total compensation growth and wage and salary increases over the year.

Growth rates in cost of total compensation ranged from 4.6 percent in San Jose, Calif., to 1 percent in Miami.

The bureau defines the Boston area as covering much of Eastern and Central Massachusetts, including Worcester, and much of Southern New Hampshire, including Manchester.

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