September 07, 2000
Productivity in the nonfarm business sector, as measured by output per hour, was revised upward from 5.3 to 5.7 percent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate during the second quarter of 2000. Productivity rose at a 1.9 percent rate in the first quarter.
Output in nonfarm business rose 6.1 percent in the second quarter, after increasing 5.2 percent during the first quarter of 2000. Hours of all persons working in the sector gained 0.4 percent in the second quarter. The increase in hours was the smallest since the first quarter of 1996, when hours decreased by 0.1 percent.
These data are a product of the BLS Quarterly Labor Productivity program. Data are subject to revision. Additional information is available in Productivity and Costs, Second Quarter, 2000 (revised)news release USDL 00-253.