International Labor Comparisons


Spotlight on International Labor Comparisons
International Labor Comparisons

This Spotlight compares output, unemployment, compensation, productivity, consumer prices, and other measures around the world.

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The International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program adjusts data to a common conceptual framework because direct comparisons of national statistics across countries can be misleading due to differing concepts and methods. ILC data are used to assess U.S. economic and labor market performance relative to that of other countries and to evaluate the competitive position of the United States in increasingly global markets.


NEW Even though the International Labor Comparisons program has been discontinued, anyone interested in learning more about the methodology and underlying data used for the program can contact the BLS.

The BLS is aware of the following organization(s) that have obtained the methodology and intend to produce ILC indicators similar to those done previously by BLS:

The Conference Board

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or content, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server.

Data by indicator

Selected data by country

All Countries
Argentina | Australia | Austria | Belgium | Brazil | Canada | China | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | India | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Japan | Korea, Republic of | Mexico | Netherlands | New Zealand | Norway | Philippines | Poland | Portugal | Singapore | Slovakia | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Taiwan | Turkey | United Kingdom | United States


ILC Tables

Labor Force, Employment, and Unemployment

NOTE: Foreign-country data are adjusted to U.S. concepts unless otherwise noted.

Monthly unemployment rates and employment indexes, 2009-2013

Annual labor force statistics, 1970-2012

Hourly Compensation Costs (Wages and Benefits)

In the Manufacturing Sector

In Sub-Manufacturing Industries

Productivity and Unit Labor Costs in Manufacturing

GDP per Capita and per Hour

Consumer Prices

Monthly and annual CPI and HICP