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September 28, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Multifactor productivity in manufacturing, 2009

Percent change in multifactor productivity in the largest (by employment) manufacturing industries, 2008–2009
Industry Percent change in multifactor productivity

Electronic instruments


Animal slaughtering and processing


Converted paper products


Medical equipment and supplies


Plastics products


Aerospace products and parts


Printing and related support activities


Motor vehicle parts


Pharmaceuticals and medicines


Other general purpose machinery


Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing


Other wood products


Other miscellaneous manufacturing


Agriculture, construction, and mining machinery


Semiconductors and electronic components


Architectural and structural metals


Household and institutional furniture


Other fabricated metal products


Machine shops and threaded products


These data are featured in the TED article, Multifactor productivity in manufacturing, 2009.



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