Wages and salaries -- about 70 percent of the total -- were up 0.6 percent from the third quarter, the department said Friday.
The overall gain, which includes the highest increase in wages and salaries in four years, was in line with expectations. Economists had forecast a gain of 0.4 percent in compensation costs from quarter to quarter.
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