Table 7. Production Workers: Indexes of hourly compensation costs (United States = 100)






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   Table 7. Production Workers:  Indexes of hourly compensation costs in manufacturing,
            33 countries or areas and selected economic groups, selected years, 1975-2008


   Country or Area                 1975    1980    1985    1990    1995    2000    2005    2006    2007    2008


   Americas
   United States.............       100     100     100     100     100     100     100     100     100     100
   Brazil....................         -       -       -       -       -      18      18      21      24      27
   Canada....................       103      93      89     112      97      85     103     109     116     116
   Mexico (1)................        23      22      12      10       8      11      11      12      12      12

   Asia and Oceania
   Australia.................        94      90      66      91      88      72     106     108     119     127
   Hong Kong SAR (2).........        12      16      14      22      28      28      24      24      23      23
   Israel....................        33      35      29      52      55      58      52      52      55      67
   Japan.....................        48      56      49      84     135     110      90      84      79      90
   Korea, Republic of........         5      10      10      26      44      43      56      64      67      55
   New Zealand...............        53      56      36      57      60      43      63      60      69      68
   Philippines...............         -       -       -       -       5       4       4       4       5       5
   Singapore.................        14      16      20      26      45      37      31      36      34      38
   Sri Lanka.................         5       2       2       2       3       2       2       2       2       3
   Taiwan....................         6      11      12      26      35      31      27      28      26      27

   Europe
   Austria...................        74      93      60     120     148     101     127     130     140     152
   Belgium...................        93     121      64     120     149     102     131     133     141     154
   Czech Republic............         -       -       -       -      15      14      26      29      33      40
   Denmark...................       101     112      63     123     144     109     147     153     168     178
   Finland...................        81      88      64     139     132      90     122     126     134     147
   France....................        76      96      61     107     115      80     104     106     114     123
   Germany...................         -       -       -       -     152      99     121     124     131     141
   Hungary...................         -       -       -       -      15      12      22      22      27      29
   Ireland...................        68      80      58      97      98      78     118     121     130     140
   Italy.....................        76      85      60     121      97      74     103     105     112     122
   Luxembourg................       101     119      59     107     136      89     116     116     122     130
   Netherlands...............       106     125      68     121     139      95     124     126     133     145
   Norway....................       143     141      88     151     147     114     156     164     182     193
   Poland....................         -       -       -       -       -      14      19      21      24      32
   Portugal..................        27      23      13      27      33      25      32      33      35      38
   Spain.....................        40      59      36      75      72      53      74      77      83      92
   Sweden....................       115     128      75     140     125     105     129     133     143     150
   Switzerland...............        98     115      76     140     170     107     131     130     131     145
   United Kingdom............        53      76      48      82      79      85     105     107     116     109

   Trade-Weighted Measures
   All 32 Foreign Economies..        61      66      50      77      84      68      79      82      85      89
   OECD (3)..................        68      73      55      85      91      74      86      89      93      97
   Europe (4)................        77      95      59     109     120      88     113     116     123     131
   Euro Area (5).............        81      99      60     114     128      88     115     117     124     135
   Eastern Europe (6)........         -       -       -       -       -      14      22      23      27      34
   East Asia ex-Japan (7)....         8      11      12      23      37      34      36      40      40      37

   Dash means data not available.
   (1) For Mexico, NAICS 31-33 excludes NAICS 324 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing.
   (2) Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
   (3) Refers to countries in this release that are members of the Organization for Economic
       Cooperation and Development.
   (4) Europe refers to the European countries in this release.
   (5) Euro Area refers to European Union member countries in this release that have adopted
       the Euro as the common currency as of January 1, 2009.
   (6) Eastern Europe refers to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland.
   (7) East Asia ex-Japan includes Hong Kong SAR, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines,
       Singapore, and Taiwan.

   Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2010.



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