Multifactor Productivity (MFP) relates output to a combined set of inputs. Two BLS programs produce Multifactor Productivity measures for sectors of the U.S. economy.

The Major Sector Productivity program publishes annual measures of output per unit of combined inputs for the private business, private nonfarm business, and manufacturing sectors and for 18 NAICS 3-digit manufacturing industries.

The Industry Productivity program publishes annual measures of output per unit of combined inputs for 86 4-digit NAICS manufacturing industries, the air transportation industry, and the line-haul railroad industry.

Labor Productivity measures which relate output to the labor hours used in the production of that output are also produced for major sectors and industries and can be accessed at the Labor Productivity and Costs homepage.

For Your Information

On April 7, 2016, multifactor productivity for detailed industries were revised to incorporate new source data. The most current data can be found through MFP Tables and Charts and MFP Databases. For more information see Revisions to Multifactor Productivity Trends for Detailed Industries.

Multifactor productivity tables that present KLEMS multifactor industry measures for nonmanufacturing sectors and nonmanufacturing industries through 2013 were corrected February 16, 2016. For additional information concerning data sources and methods of measuring nonmanufacturing KLEMS multifactor productivity see "Nonmanufacturing industry contributions to multifactor productivity, 1987-2006" (PDF)

Hours tables are now available that present measures for all NAICS 3-digit industries through 2014.

Detailed intellectual property capital measures are now available that represent capital measures for research and development, software, and artistic originals through 2014.

Total economy production account tables are now available that present total economy measures through 2014. Additionally, non-profit, owner-occupied and government detailed capital measures are now available through 2014 by NIPA-level industry. For additional information concerning data sources and methods of measuring the total economy see "Integrated GDP-Productivity Accounts," (PDF)

MFP News Releases

Multifactor productivity in manufacturing down 0.7% in 2013, third consecutive decline

07/28/2015

In 2013 multifactor productivity in manufacturing decreased 0.7 percent, durable manufacturing decreased 1.8 percent, and nondurable manufacturing increased 0.4 percent. Multifactor productivity in manufacturing declined for the third consecutive year.
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Multifactor productivity increases 0.2% in 2015, slower growth rate than in 2014

05/05/2016

In 2015 multifactor productivity grew at a 0.2-percent annual rate in the private nonfarm business and private business sectors. In both sectors, multifactor productivity grew at a slower rate than in 2014.
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Multifactor productivity rises in 38 of 86 detailed manufacturing industries in 2013

09/29/2015

Multifactor productivity rose in 38 of the 86 detailed manufacturing industries in 2013, up from 35 of the industries in 2012. Among transportation industries, multifactor productivity increased in both air transportation and line-haul railroads.
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MFP Tables and Charts

Major Sector and 3-Digit NAICS Manufacturing Industries

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Analytic Tables and Charts

  • Contributions of Manufacturing Industries to private nonfarm business multifactor productivity (PDF)
  • Sources of growth in Real Output in the private nonfarm business sector (PDF)
  • Contribution of Research and Development to Private Nonfarm Business Multifactor Productivity including Research and Development stocks (PDF)
  • Research and Development Contributions and Stocks in the Total Economy (PDF)
  • Sources of growth in Real Output in the private business sector (PDF)
  • Contributions of Nonmanufacturing Industries to private nonfarm business multifactor productivity (PDF)

Four-Digit NAICS Manufacturing Industries, Air Transportation, and Line-Haul Railroads

INTERACTIVE TABLES
  • Multifactor Productivity and Related Data - April 7, 2016 (XLSX 34.5MB)
INTERACTIVE CHART DASHBOARDS
  • NEW Multifactor Productivity and Related Data Chart Dashboard - April 7, 2016 (XLSX 38.5MB)

MFP Technical Documentation

Major Sector Productivity Program

Industry Productivity Program

  • BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 11 Industry Productivity Measures (PDF)

MFP Publications

Major Sector Productivity Program

  • NEW Integrated Industry-Level Production Account for the United States: Intellectual Property Products Account Update. September 2015 (PDF). Tables: Quantity indexes (XLSX) Contributions to growth (XLSX)
  • Integrated Industry-Level Production Account for the United States: Intellectual Property Products and the 2007 NAICS. May 2014 (PDF). Tables (XLSX)
  • A Prototype BEA/BLS Industry-Level Production Account for the United States. November 2012. (PDF 1.7MB). Tables (XLS)
  • Nonmanufacturing Industry Contributions to Multifactor Productivity, 1987–2006. June 2010. (PDF 1MB)
  • Effects of Imported Intermediate Inputs on Productivity. June 2010. (PDF 2MB)
  • Integrated GDP-Productivity Accounts. December 2008. (PDF)
  • Preliminary Estimate of Multifactor Productivity Growth. June 2005. (PDF)

Industry Productivity Program

  • Multifactor Productivity Change in the Air Transportation Industry. March 2005. (PDF)

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Multifactor Productivity for Major Sectors and 3-digit NAICS Industries

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Multifactor Productivity for 4-digit NAICS Manufacturing Industries,
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