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March, 1986, Vol. 110, No. 3
Productivity in the metal doors,
sash, and trim industry
From 1967 to 1983, output per hour in the metal doors, sash, and trim industry1 increased at an average annual rate of 0.9 percent. In comparison, the rate of productivity growth for all manufacturing industries during this period was 2.4 percent. The slow productivity rise reflected a relatively low output growth of 1.5 percent per year and an increase in employee hours of 0.6 percent per year. (See table 1.) The industry's demand is dependent upon residential and nonresidential building construction, where wide seasonal and cyclical fluctuations have been common. The productivity growth experienced in this industry has been aided by gradual improvements in equipment design and the increased application of easier-to-use aluminum materials.
Year-to-year changes in industry output and productivity have generally shown similar movements. Large increases in output have been associated with above average gains in productivity. For example, in 1971, output increased 11.3 percent and productivity jumped 11.3 percent. Similarly, output advanced 11.4 and 24.7 percent in 1976 and 1977, while productivity gained 4.0 and 7.6 percent. In 4 of the 6 years that output declined, productivity also fell. Despite declines in output during 1975 and 1982, productivity advanced as manufacturers were able to adjust their work force hours to meet demand changes.
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1 The metal doors, sash, and trim industry is classified as SIC 3443 in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual 1972 and its 1977 supplement, issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This industry includes establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing ferrous and nonferrous metal and metal covered doors and sash, window and door frames, and screens, molding, and trim.
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