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September 6, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Nonfarm business productivity, second quarter 2012

Percent change from previous quarter at an annual rate, nonfarm business labor productivity, output, and hours, first quarter 2010–second quarter 2012
Quarter Labor productivity Output Hours

2010 I

2.7 3.3 0.6

2010 II

-0.5 2.8 3.3

2010 III

3.3 5.1 1.7

2010 IV

1.9 3.9 1.9

2011 I

-2.0 -0.1 1.9

2011 II

1.2 3.4 2.2

2011 III

0.6 1.6 1.0

2011 IV

2.8 5.3 2.4

2012 I

-0.5 2.7 3.2

2012 II

2.2 2.4 0.1

These data are featured in the TED article, Nonfarm business productivity, second quarter 2012.

 

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