Productivity, output, and hours worked, third quarter 2013

November 15, 2013

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 1.9 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2013. The increase in productivity reflects increases of 3.7 percent in output and 1.7 percent in hours worked.

Percent change from previous quarter at an annual rate in labor productivity, output, and hours, nonfarm business sector, first quarter 2011–third quarter 2013
Year and quarterPercent change
Labor productivityOutputHours

2011 I


2011 II

2011 III

2011 IV

2012 I

2012 II

2012 III

2012 IV


2013 I


2013 II

2013 III(p)


(p) preliminary.


From the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013, productivity was unchanged as a 1.8 percent increase in output was matched by a 1.8 percent increase in hours worked.

These data are from the BLS Labor Productivity and Costs program, are seasonally adjusted, and are subject to revision. To learn more, see “Productivity and Costs — Third Quarter 2013, Preliminary,” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-2149. Labor productivity, or output per hour, is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours worked for all persons, including employees, proprietors, and unpaid family workers.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Productivity, output, and hours worked, third quarter 2013 on the Internet at (visited September 27, 2016).


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