May 31, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Productivity in selected service-providing and mining industries, 2009

Percent change in output per hour in the largest (by employment) service-providing and mining industries, 2008–2009
Industry Percent change in output per hour

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

3.8

General warehousing and storage

2.2

Commercial banking

2.2

Wired telecommunications carriers

1.7

Postal service

1.4

Limited-service eating places

1.2

Full-service restaurants

0.3

Air transportation

0.1

Newspaper, book, and directory publishers

-1.6

Traveler accommodation

-1.9

Power generation and supply

-2.4

Janitorial services

-3.7

General freight trucking, local

-4.5

Automotive repair and maintenance

-4.7

Couriers and messengers

-4.9

Special food services

-5.2

General freight trucking, long distance

-5.2

Engineering services

-5.4

Hair, nail, and skin care services

-6.0

Support activities for mining

-6.2

These data are featured in the TED article, Productivity in selected service-providing and mining industries, 2009.

 

 

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