March 25, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Productivity in manufacturing industries, 2009

Percent change in output per hour, selected 4-digit NAICS manufacturing industries, 2008-2009
Manufacturing industries Output per hour (p)

Seafood product preparation and packaging

18.3

Agricultural chemicals

14.1

Magnetic media manufacturing and reproduction

10.7

Beverages

9.1

Grain and oilseed milling

8.4

Sawmills and wood preservation

7.3

Dairy products

6.2

Animal food

5.9

Ship and boat building

5.0

Fabric mills

3.7

Animal slaughtering and processing

3.1

Glass and glass products

3.1

Turbine and power transmission equipment

-13.0

Office furniture and fixtures

-13.0

Hardware

-13.2

Textile furnishings mills

-14.6

Clay products and refractories

-14.6

Communications equipment

-15.4

Steel products from purchased steel

-15.6

Leather and hide tanning and finishing

-16.9

Cut and sew apparel

-22.0

Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy production

-22.4

Audio and video equipment

-33.3

Footnotes:
(p) = Preliminary

These data are featured in the TED article, Productivity in manufacturing industries, 2009.