WASHINGTON - Compensation costs for U.S. civilian workers increased as expected in the second quarter, as the Employment Cost Index rose 0.5%, but grew at the slowest pace since early 2010 for the 12-month period ending June 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

The median estimate in an MNI survey of economists had centered around a 0.5% increase, with forecasts ranging from a 0.2% rise to an 0.8% increase.

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