For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Thursday, May 27, 2021 USDL-21-0936 Technical information: (202) 691-5606 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bls.gov/lpc Media contact: (202) 691-5902 PressOffice@bls.gov PRODUCTIVITY BY STATE 2020 Labor productivity in the private nonfarm sector rose in 45 states and the District of Columbia in 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This is the highest number of states with positive productivity growth since 2010. Output decreased in all 50 states and the District in 2020 and hours worked decreased in all but 1 state Idaho. Hawaii and Nevada experienced the highest growth in labor productivity of 8.5 percent and 8.0 percent, respectively. Labor productivity by state, percent change, 2020 The ten states with the fastest growth in productivity all saw gains of more than 5.0 percent: Hawaii, 8.5 percent Nevada, 8.0 percent Alaska, 6.3 percent California, 6.1 percent District of Columbia, 5.9 percent Oregon, 5.8 percent Massachusetts, 5.7 percent Delaware, 5.7 percent New Jersey, 5.4 percent New York, 5.2 percent Labor productivity declined in five states (Idaho, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Montana) due to a more rapid decline in output than in hours worked. Idaho is the only state with an increase in hours (1.1 percent) and lower labor productivity. All other states saw increases in labor productivity due to declines in hours that outpaced declines in output. Each states annual contribution to national productivity growth is calculated by multiplying the states productivity growth rate by its average share of total current dollar national output. The economic size of each state influences its contribution to national and regional estimates. For 2020, California had the largest contribution to national growth. The states 6.1-percent growth in labor productivity in 2020 contributed nearly one quarter of the 3.6-percent growth of the nation. Long term trends From 2007 to 2020, labor productivity rose in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Output increased in 44 states and the District of Columbia during this period, while hours worked increased in only 15 states. North Dakota experienced the highest rate of growth of 3.1 percent. Wyoming posted a slight decline in labor productivity over the long term, and Louisiana saw no change. The first and last years of this series coincide with severe recessions. During the recession of 2007 to 2009, 47 states experienced increases in labor productivity, though only 10 saw growth in output. No state saw an increase in hours worked during that period. These trends closely mirror the most recent years labor productivity and hours trends. California, New York, and Texas, which have the largest economies, contributed the most to national productivity growth, about 40 percent of the 1.4-percent increase. Additional Information Output and compensation measures for 2019 and earlier years reflect revisions to GDP by state and industry data published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Hours and employment data through 2019 have been revised to incorporate the BLS 2020 Current Employment Statistics benchmark. The COVID-19 pandemic did not impact the availability of source data used to construct productivity measures in this release. Data source providers continued to collect and publish high quality industry data for 2020. Additional information can be found on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of- covid-19-pandemic-on-productivity-and-costs-statistics.htm#Industry-Productivity. Access the following productivity data at www.bls.gov/lpc/lpc-by-state-and-region.xlsx: Detailed data series: indexes of productivity and related measures; rates of change; and levels of state employment, hours worked, nominal value of production, and labor compensation Additional years and long-term data Subscribe to productivity news releases on the BLS website at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOLBLS/subscriber/new. Information in this release will be made available to individuals with a sensory impairment upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.