Productivity decreased 0.9 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the first quarter of 2020;
unit labor costs increased 5.1 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing,
productivity increased 0.3 percent and unit labor costs increased 6.9 percent.
Labor productivity decreased in 54 of the 86 NAICS 4-digit manufacturing industries and in all 4 mining industries in 2019. More than half the industries with declining productivity had growth in hours coupled with declining output.
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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