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Federal Government Productivity

The Federal Productivity Measurement Program produced labor productivity indexes and related statistics covering about two-thirds of the entire Federal Government.  Indexes of output per employee year, output, employee years, compensation per employee year, and unit labor cost are available for fiscal years 1967 to 1994 for selected functional areas of Government. The program, which was part of the Division of Industry Productivity Studies, was terminated in 1996.  However, BLS continues to measure productivity for one portion of the Federal Government—the Postal Service—as part of its Industry Productivity Studies program.

  • Historical Data (1967 to 1994)
  • "The Federal Productivity Measurement Program: final results," PDF (1,263K), by Donald Fisk and Darlene Forte, Monthly Labor Review, May 1997, pp. 19-28.   How to view a PDF file.

State and Local Government Productivity

The program to measure State and local government productivity, which was part of the Division of Industry Productivity Studies, conducted research on and developed labor productivity measures for State and local government services. Indexes of output per employee year, output, and employee years are available for selected periods between 1967 and 1992 for various State and local government services. This program was terminated in 1994.

  • Measuring State and Local Government Labor Productivity: Examples from Eleven ServicesPDF (929K), Bulletin 2495, June 1998.   How to view a PDF file.

 

Last modified: October 16, 2001