Labor productivity is a measure of economic performance that compares the amount of goods and services produced (output) with the number of hours worked to produce those goods and services. The BLS also publishes measures of multifactor productivity.

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  • Productivity and Costs: Second Quarter 2019, Revised is scheduled to be released on September 5, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

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LPC News Releases

Productivity rises 2.3% in second-quarter 2019; unit labor costs rise 2.4% (annual rates)

08/15/2019

Productivity increased 2.3 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the second quarter of 2019; unit labor costs increased 2.4 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity decreased 1.6 percent and unit labor costs increased 5.8 percent.
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Productivity rises in 32 of 49 trade and food services industries in 2018

07/25/2019

Labor productivity rose in wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and drinking places in 2018. Within these sectors, productivity increased in about two-thirds of the NAICS 4-digit industries studied.
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Productivity rises in 18 of 28 selected service-providing industries in 2018

05/23/2019

Labor productivity rose in 18 of 28 service-providing industries in 2018. Output increased in 21 industries, while hours worked increased in 15 industries.
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Productivity declines in 69 of 90 detailed manufacturing and mining industries in 2018

04/23/2019

Labor productivity decreased in 67 of the 86 NAICS 4-digit manufacturing industries, while 2 of the 4 mining industries experienced gains in 2018. Growth in hours, coupled with declining output, led to a productivity decline for most industries.
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Labor Productivity and Costs Measures for:
  • Business and Nonfarm Business Sectors - August 15, 2019 (XLSX) (TXT)
  • Manufacturing, Durable Manufacturing and Nondurable Manufacturing Sectors - August 15, 2019 (XLSX) (TXT)
  • Nonfinancial Corporate Sector - August 15, 2019 (XLSX) (TXT)
  • Industries (Interactive) - July 25, 2019 (XLSX 39.8MB), data only (XLSX 4.5MB)
Hours Worked and Employment Measures for:
  • Total U.S. Economy - all workers - August 15, 2019 (XLSX)
  • U.S. Nonfarm Economy by Sector - employees only - July 19, 2019 (XLSX)
  • Industries (Interactive) - May 23, 2019 (XLSX 15.8MB), data only (XLSX 1.4MB)

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LPC Technical Documentation

Major Sector Productivity Program

Industry Productivity Program

  • BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 11 Industry Productivity Measures (PDF)
  • Industry Hours and Employment. May 2014.
  • Construction of Average Weekly Hours for Supervisory and Nonproduction Wage and Salary Workers in Detailed Industries. August 2005. (PDF)

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LPC Special Notices

  • Beginning with the Productivity and Costs news release scheduled for March 8, 2017, an improvement in the methodology for estimating hours worked will be implemented. For more information see: https://www.bls.gov/lpc/hwhpnew.htm.
  • Data for private community hospitals (Industry 622A) were updated for 2014 on May 18, 2017. These changes have been incorporated into the Labor Productivity and Costs by Industry Tables and the Labor Productivity and Costs by Industry Chart Dashboard. The private community hospitals data were originally added on October 16, 2015.
  • Labor productivity and costs data for the nonfinancial corporate sector were corrected December 17, 2012. For more information, see http://www.bls.gov/lpc/lpc_nonfinancial_corporate_correction.htm.

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