January 07, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Manufacturing industries and productivity, 2007

Percent change in output per hour in 3-digit NAICS manufacturing industries, 2006-2007
Industry Percent change

Primary metals

8.0

Computer and electronic products

8.0

Chemicals

6.9

Transportation equipment

6.4

Paper and paper products

3.6

Printing and related support activities

3.1

Electrical equipment and appliances

2.6

Fabricated metal products

1.7

Textile mills

1.5

Petroleum and coal products

1.4

Nonmetallic mineral products

0.7

Wood products

0.3

Machinery

0.2

Plastic and rubber products

-0.5

Food

-2.6

Furniture and related products

-2.7

Beverages and tobacco products

-3.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

-3.3

Leather and allied products

-5.5

Textile product mills

-11.2

Apparel

-29.7

These data featured in the TED article, Manufacturing industries and productivity, 2007.