September 01, 2009 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Productivity and costs by selected industries in 2008

Percent change in output per hour, output, and hours, selected industries, 200708
Industry Output per hour Output Hours

Wholesale Trade

-0.3 -0.8 -0.5

Retail Trade

-1.8 -3.6 -1.8

Food Services and Drinking Places

-0.7 -1 -0.2

These data featured in the TED article, Productivity and costs by selected industries in 2008.