Productivity in the architectural services industry

March 30, 2006

Labor productivity (as measured by output per hour) rose at an average annual rate of 1.4 percent in the architectural services industry between 1987 and 2003.

Average annual percent change in output per hour, output, and hours in the architectural services industry, selected periods, 1987-2003
[Chart data—TXT]

Productivity growth in the architectural services industry was strongest during the first half of the 1990s. Between 1990 and 1995, output per hour grew at an annual rate of 2.7 percent. In this period, output rose 2.1 percent per year on average and hours declined 0.6 percent per year on average.

In contrast, from 1995 to 2000, productivity did not advance in this industry. Both output and hours increased at a brisk 6.9 percent per year during this time.

These data are from the BLS Productivity and Costs program. Additional information is available in "New Service Industry Productivity Measures," (PDF) Report 993.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Productivity in the architectural services industry on the Internet at (visited September 28, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.