August 9, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Productivity, output, and hours in the second quarter of 2012

Percent change in productivity, output, and hours from second quarter 2011 to second quarter 2012 (p)
Industry Productivity Output Hours


1.1 3.0 1.9

Nonfarm business

1.1 2.9 1.8


2.9 5.6 2.6

Durable goods

6.2 9.7 3.3

Nondurable goods

-0.3 1.1 1.4

(p) preliminary

These data are featured in the TED article, Productivity in second quarter 2012.


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