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: First Quarter 2019, Preliminary is scheduled to be released on May 2, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

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LPC News Releases

Productivity rises 1.9% in fourth-quarter 2018; unit labor costs rise 2.0% (annual rates)


Productivity increased 1.9 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the fourth quarter of 2018; unit labor costs increased 2.0 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity increased 2.0 percent and unit labor costs increased 2.2 percent.
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Productivity rises in 32 of 49 trade and food services industries in 2017


Labor productivity rose in wholesale and retail trade and declined in food services and drinking places in 2017. Overall, productivity increased in 32 of 49 trade and food services industries studied.
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Productivity rises in 20 of 28 selected service-providing industries in 2017


Labor productivity rose in 20 of 28 service-providing industries in 2017. Hours increased in more industries than in 2016, while fewer industries experienced increases in output.

Productivity declines in 54 of 90 detailed manufacturing and mining industries in 2017


Labor productivity decreased in 54 of the 86 NAICS 4-digit manufacturing industries, while 3 of the 4 mining industries experienced gains in 2017. Growth in hours, coupled with declining output, led to a productivity decline for most industries.

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LPC Databases

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Major Sector Productivity and Costs
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LPC Tables and Charts

Data Tables

Labor Productivity and Costs Measures for:
  • Business and Nonfarm Business Sectors - March 7, 2019 (XLSX) (TXT)
  • Manufacturing, Durable Manufacturing and Nondurable Manufacturing Sectors - March 7, 2019 (XLSX) (TXT)
  • Nonfinancial Corporate Sector - March 7, 2019 (XLSX) (TXT)
  • Industries (Interactive) - December 13, 2018 (XLSX 39.0MB), data only (XLSX 4.43MB)
Hours Worked and Employment Measures for:
  • Total U.S. Economy - all workers - March 7, 2019 (XLSX)
  • U.S. Nonfarm Economy by Sector - employees only - March 22, 2019 (XLSX)
  • Industries (Interactive) - April 19, 2018 (XLSX 14.6MB), data only (XLSX 1.35MB)

Charts and Dashboards

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)

LPC Publications


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:
  • 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

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Industry Productivity and Cost Data (Annual)

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