Phoenix is right in the middle as far as metropolitan areas, hopefully we can get housing under control. I see several multi family units going up here in Scottsdale.
The annual increase in compensation costs in Phoenix was 4.4 percent in December 2022, compared to changes that ranged from 5.7 to 3.2 percent in the three other metropolitan areas in the West (Los Angeles, San Jose, and Seattle). Phoenix’s 5.0-percent gain in wages and salaries over this 12-month period compared to rates ranging from 6.2 percent to 4.5 percent in the three other western localities. (See table 2.)
Locality compensation costs are part of the national Employment Cost Index (ECI), which measures quarterly changes in compensation costs, which include wages, salaries and employer costs for employee benefits. In addition to the 15 locality estimates provided in this release, ECI data for the nation, 4 geographical regions, and 9 geographical divisions are available. (Geographical definitions for the metropolitan areas mentioned in this release are included in the Technical Note.)
In addition to the data presented here, national data by industry, occupational group, and union status, as well as data for civilian, private, and state and local government employees, are available at www.bls.gov/ncs/ect/home.htm. The national news release summary is available at www.bls.gov/news.release/eci.toc.htm. Additional information for regions, states, and local areas may be accessed via our regional homepage at www.bls.gov/regions/west/.