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Major Sector Multifactor Productivity

Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to use the Major Sector Multifactor Productivity one-screen query system

Multifactor productivity relates output to a combination of inputs used in the production of that output, such as labor and capital or labor, capital, energy and materials. Capital includes equipment, structures, inventories, and land. Annual multifactor productivity indexes are available for the private business and private nonfarm business sectors of the economy, for the aggregate manufacturing sector, for 20 2-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) manufacturing industries and selected 3-and 4-digit SIC industries, as well as for the manufacturing sectors of selected countries.

This tool lets users query the BLS databases for specific data series. For each survey and program, make a selection for each characteristic in the order listed. As you make your selection, the remaining characteristics will filter to show only choices where data are available. After choosing the series, click on "Add to selection." If you need more data series, repeat the steps of choosing the data series you need. After you've finished finding the data series you need, click on the "Get Data" button to retrieve the data, and an HTML table with data for the most recent 10 years will display. If you desire a different time period or format, you may modify the options on the data display page, or click on the "More Formatting Options" button for additional options on refining the data retrieval results. Note: Users may not retrieve more than 200 data series in one query.

1. Select how you want to view the data

Users have the option of viewing measures within a sector, or sectors within a measure. Click on the radio button next to the desired view.

2. Sector Text Search Box

Type all or part of a search string in the search text box. The contents of the box will filter to show only those options that contain the search string.

3. Select a Sector

Click on the Sector name to select it. The Measures available will appear in the window to the right.

4. Measure Text Search Box

Type all or part of a search string in the search text box. The contents of the box will filter to show only those options that contain the search string.

5. Select one or more Measures

Click on a productivity Measure of interest. To select multiple options, hold the Ctrl/Command button, and click the desired options.

6. Select one or more Durations

Click on type Duration to select. Users may select one or more of the options presented. Duration indicates the level of change in productivity compared to the prior period. To select multiple options, hold the Ctrl/Command button, and click the desired options.

7. Add to selection

You must make a selection for each of the characteristics in the order listed. Once you have selected all of the characteristics, the "Add to selection" button becomes active. Click the "Add to selection" button to list the selected data series in the "Your selection" box. You can return to the characteristics boxes and make new selections to request additional data series. Click the "Get Data" button to retrieve all the selected data series.

8. Get Data

You must make a selection for each of the characteristics in the order listed. Once you have selected all of the characteristics, the "Get Data" button becomes active. Click to retrieve the data.

 

Last Modified Date: February 20, 2018