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.
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 Economics Daily, First quarter 2012 nonfarm business sector productivity on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120607.htm (visited October 23, 2014).
Three recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.
Women veterans in the labor force examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.
BLS Statistics by Occupation provides an overview of occupational employment and wages with an emphasis on STEM jobs and occupational data by typical entry-level education required.