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March 1985, Vol. 108, No. 3
in kitchen cabinet manufacturing
Output per employee hour in the manufacture of wood kitchen cabinets rose at an average annual rate of 2.1 percent between 1972 and 1982,1 or at virtually the same pace as for all manufacturing (2.0 percent). However, annualized increases in both output and employee hours were greater for the industry (4.7 percent and 2.5 percent) than for total manufacturing (1.4 percent and -0.5 percent).
Factors underlying the 10-year productivity advance in the making of kitchen cabinets include improvements in woodworking machinery and particleboard processing equipment; faster drying glues and coating materials; and more mechanized transfer apparatus. Capital expenditures increased strongly during the latter half of the seventies, although they subsequently tapered through the early eighties.
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1 Establishments primarily manufacturing wood kitchen cabinets and wood bathroom vanities are classified as number 2434 in the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Manual of the Office of Management and Budget. As discussed in the text, the industry also manufactures cabinets made of plastics. Average annual rates shown in the text and the table are based on the linear least squares trend of the logarithms of the index numbers. The indexes for productivity and related variables will be updated annually and published in the annual BLS bulletin, Productivity Measures for Selected Industries.
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