Multifactor productivity, 1996-2006
May 25, 2007
In the private business sector, multifactor productivity—output per combined units of labor and capital inputs—grew at an annual rate of 1.1 percent in 2006.
The multifactor productivity gain in 2006 reflected a 3.8 percent increase in output and a 2.7 percent increase in the combined inputs of capital and labor.
Capital services grew 3.0 percent. Labor input posted an increase of 2.6 percent, as both hours worked and labor composition rose. The capital-labor ratio (capital services per hour of all persons) increased by 0.9 percent.
These data are from the Multifactor Productivity program. Productivity data are subject to revision. To learn more, see "Preliminary Multifactor Productivity Trends, 2006" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 07-0758. A change in multifactor productivity reflects the change in output that cannot be accounted for by the change in combined inputs of labor and capital.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Multifactor productivity, 1996-2006 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/may/wk3/art05.htm (visited October 13, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.