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Radio and television broadcasting and cable see largest productivity increases in 2014

June 17, 2015

Labor productivity—defined as output per hour—rose in 15 of the 25 service-providing industries studied in 2014. In each of the industries where productivity increased, output grew while hours worked either declined or increased more slowly. Productivity grew more than 7.0 percent in three industries: radio and television broadcasting, cable and other subscription programming, and drycleaning and laundry services. In air transportation and natural gas distribution, output grew more than 2.0 percent, but productivity fell because hours increased more.

Percentage change in output, hours, and labor productivity, selected service-providing industries, 2014
IndustryPercent change
OutputHoursLabor productivity

Radio and television broadcasting


Cable and other subscription programming


Drycleaning and laundry services


Software publishers

Travel arrangement and reservation services


Wireless telecommunications carriers

General freight trucking, long-distance

Accounting and bookkeeping services

General freight trucking, local

Power generation and supply

Medical and diagnostic laboratories

Truck, trailer, and RV rental and leasing

Water, sewage and other systems

Warehousing and storage

Gambling industries

Wired telecommunications carriers


Air transportation


Automotive repair and maintenance


Line-haul railroads


Natural gas distribution


Postal service


Periodical publishers


Newspaper publishers


Couriers and messengers


Engineering services


In radio and television broadcasting, output rose 6.1 percent in 2014, while hours fell 3.1 percent, resulting in a 9.5-percent gain in productivity. Productivity increased 8.3 percent in cable and other subscription programming, as output rose 5.3 percent and hours fell 2.8 percent.

Productivity fell 8.3 percent in engineering services, as output fell 6.7 percent and hours rose 1.8 percent.

Productivity rose in industries above the diagonal line, where the change in output is greater than the change in hours. Productivity fell in the industries below the diagonal line. The farther an industry’s marker is from the diagonal line, the larger the change in productivity.

These data are from the Labor Productivity and Costs program. Data are preliminary and may be revised. To learn more, see "Productivity and Costs by Industry: Selected Service-Providing Industries, 2014" (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Radio and television broadcasting and cable see largest productivity increases in 2014 at (visited June 25, 2024).

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