Dee DePass has been a Star Tribune business reporter since 1993, covering small business, financial institutions, manufacturing and, most recently, the economy. Originally from New York, Dee came to Minnesota after earning her master's in journalism at the University of Maryland and her undergraduate degree at Vassar College.

Wages and benefits rose 0.3 percent in the third quarter.

Posted by: Dee DePass under Earnings Updated: October 28, 2011 - 2:44 PM

 A new government report makes one thing very clear. Nobody's getting rich off raises.

Workers' total compensation rose just 0.3 percent during the third quarter, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. 

Wages and salaries make up 70 percent of workers' total compensation costs, while benefits make up the remaining 30 percent. Wages and salaries inched up 0.3 percent, but while benefits inched up just 0.1 percent. . 

During the past 12 months, total compensation costs rose  2.0 percent, compared to 1.9 percent a year earlier.

Meanwhile prices on consumer goods leapt 3.9 percent in September.  

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