Table 8. Production Workers: Hourly compensation costs in U.S. dollars


 


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   Table 8. Production Workers:  Hourly compensation costs in U.S. dollars in manufacturing,
            33 countries or areas and selected economic groups, selected years, 1975-2008


   Country or Area                 1975    1980    1985    1990    1995    2000    2005    2006    2007    2008


   Americas
   United States.............      6.19    9.67   12.76   14.88   17.24   19.73   23.60   23.94   25.13   25.65
   Brazil....................         -       -       -       -       -    3.50    4.16    5.00    5.95    6.93
   Canada....................      6.40    9.02   11.39   16.62   16.80   16.78   24.29   26.12   29.08   29.78
   Mexico (1)................      1.43    2.16    1.55    1.54    1.43    2.16    2.65    2.82    2.99    3.12

   Asia and Oceania
   Australia.................      5.79    8.74    8.47   13.56   15.23   14.15   25.06   25.94   29.98   32.49
   Hong Kong SAR (2).........      0.75    1.50    1.73    3.22    4.81    5.45    5.65    5.78    5.78    5.91
   Israel....................      2.02    3.41    3.66    7.70    9.41   11.38   12.29   12.53   13.87   17.13
   Japan.....................      2.95    5.43    6.24   12.52   23.34   21.69   21.31   19.99   19.77   23.15
   Korea, Republic of........      0.33    0.98    1.26    3.80    7.55    8.54   13.20   15.32   16.95   14.20
   New Zealand...............      3.27    5.44    4.55    8.48   10.28    8.39   14.98   14.47   17.26   17.48
   Philippines...............         -       -       -       -    0.89    0.69    0.83    1.03    1.18    1.31
   Singapore.................      0.85    1.56    2.58    3.83    7.74    7.34    7.39    8.74    8.50    9.83
   Sri Lanka.................      0.28    0.22    0.28    0.35    0.48    0.48    0.54    0.57    0.61    0.68
   Taiwan....................      0.39    1.04    1.51    3.91    5.98    6.17    6.43    6.59    6.57    6.95

   Europe
   Austria...................      4.55    8.97    7.66   17.92   25.50   20.00   30.00   31.09   35.08   38.88
   Belgium...................      5.76   11.74    8.21   17.85   25.70   20.15   30.83   31.89   35.45   39.42
   Czech Republic............         -       -       -       -    2.54    2.85    6.07    6.83    8.20   10.35
   Denmark...................      6.23   10.83    8.03   18.29   24.87   21.45   34.70   36.53   42.12   45.74
   Finland...................      5.01    8.52    8.22   20.64   22.69   17.73   28.69   30.06   33.64   37.64
   France....................      4.67    9.25    7.77   15.97   19.77   15.76   24.64   25.48   28.53   31.61
   Germany...................         -       -       -       -   26.17   19.62   28.64   29.70   32.85   36.07
   Hungary...................         -       -       -       -    2.53    2.36    5.18    5.26    6.69    7.52
   Ireland...................      4.21    7.71    7.43   14.49   16.83   15.35   27.77   29.08   32.69   35.79
   Italy.....................      4.70    8.21    7.67   18.01   16.71   14.53   24.35   25.19   28.25   31.37
   Luxembourg................      6.24   11.54    7.47   15.97   23.54   17.49   27.34   27.82   30.59   33.37
   Netherlands...............      6.58   12.05    8.73   17.98   24.02   18.67   29.38   30.12   33.44   37.15
   Norway....................      8.87   13.68   11.27   22.41   25.37   22.51   36.90   39.15   45.68   49.54
   Poland....................         -       -       -       -       -    2.81    4.49    4.97    6.05    8.26
   Portugal..................      1.70    2.21    1.64    4.01    5.73    4.85    7.46    7.82    8.78    9.83
   Spain.....................      2.47    5.75    4.55   11.10   12.47   10.46   17.56   18.48   20.94   23.67
   Sweden....................      7.12   12.40    9.58   20.75   21.63   20.70   30.49   31.84   36.03   38.39
   Switzerland...............      6.09   11.09    9.66   20.85   29.23   21.20   30.86   31.03   32.88   37.12
   United Kingdom............      3.28    7.35    6.08   12.18   13.55   16.68   24.70   25.60   29.09   27.86

   Trade-Weighted Measures
   All 32 Foreign Economies..      3.78    6.34    6.41   11.47   14.44   13.48   18.70   19.50   21.41   22.81
   OECD (3)..................      4.21    7.03    7.06   12.58   15.71   14.49   20.37   21.20   23.33   24.78
   Europe (4)................      4.79    9.22    7.47   16.20   20.66   17.37   26.73   27.69   30.94   33.50
   Euro Area (5).............      4.98    9.54    7.69   16.93   22.05   17.40   27.06   28.04   31.24   34.53
   Eastern Europe (6)........         -       -       -       -       -    2.68    5.15    5.58    6.85    8.61
   East Asia ex-Japan (7)....      0.47    1.10    1.55    3.49    6.37    6.74    8.48    9.55   10.08    9.51

   Dash means data not available.
   (1) For Mexico, NAICS 31-33 excludes NAICS 324 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing.
   (2) Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
   (3) Refers to countries in this release that are members of the Organization for Economic
       Cooperation and Development.
   (4) Europe refers to the European countries in this release.
   (5) Euro Area refers to European Union member countries in this release that have adopted
       the Euro as the common currency as of January 1, 2009.
   (6) Eastern Europe refers to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland.
   (7) East Asia ex-Japan includes Hong Kong SAR, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines,
       Singapore, and Taiwan.

   Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2010.

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