First quarter 2012 nonfarm business sector productivity

June 07, 2012

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity decreased at a 0.9-percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2012. The decline in productivity reflects increases of 2.4 percent in output and 3.3 percent in hours worked.

Percent change from previous quarter at annual rate, nonfarm business productivity, output, and hours, first quarter 2008–first quarter 2012
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Unit labor costs in nonfarm businesses increased 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2012, while hourly compensation increased 0.4 percent.

Manufacturing sector productivity rose 5.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012, as output grew 10.0 percent and hours worked increased 4.6 percent.

These data are from the Labor Productivity and Costs program, are seasonally adjusted, and are revised. To learn more, see "Productivity and Costs, First Quarter 2012, Revised" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-1123. Labor productivity, or output per hour, is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours of all persons, including employees, proprietors, and unpaid family workers. Unit labor costs are the ratio of hourly compensation to labor productivity.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, First quarter 2012 nonfarm business sector productivity on the Internet at (visited September 21, 2014).


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