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Productivity up 11.1 percent, compensation up 8.0 percent from 2009

November 18, 2019

From the third quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2019, nonfarm business labor productivity increased 1.4 percent, reflecting a 2.3-percent increase in output and a 0.9-percent increase in hours worked. During the same period, real hourly compensation increased 2.7 percent.

Labor productivity (output per hour) and related indexes, nonfarm business, 3rd quarter 2009 to 3rd quarter 2019
Quarter Output Hours worked Labor productivity (output per hour) Real hourly compensation

Q3 2009

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Q4 2009

101.4 100.0 101.4 99.8

Q1 2010

101.9 100.0 101.9 99.0

Q2 2010

103.0 100.9 102.1 100.1

Q3 2010

104.2 101.4 102.7 100.2

Q4 2010

105.0 101.9 103.1 100.0

Q1 2011

104.4 102.0 102.3 100.7

Q2 2011

105.5 102.9 102.5 98.9

Q3 2011

105.5 103.3 102.1 99.0

Q4 2011

107.0 104.1 102.8 97.2

Q1 2012

108.2 104.9 103.2 98.9

Q2 2012

108.9 105.1 103.7 99.2

Q3 2012

109.2 105.6 103.4 98.8

Q4 2012

109.3 106.1 103.1 100.8

Q1 2013

110.5 106.6 103.6 98.9

Q2 2013

110.5 106.9 103.3 99.7

Q3 2013

111.6 107.5 103.8 99.0

Q4 2013

112.8 107.9 104.6 99.3

Q1 2014

112.3 108.4 103.6 100.6

Q2 2014

114.2 109.2 104.6 99.6

Q3 2014

116.0 109.9 105.6 99.9

Q4 2014

116.8 111.1 105.1 101.3

Q1 2015

117.9 111.4 105.9 103.2

Q2 2015

119.0 111.9 106.3 103.3

Q3 2015

119.3 111.9 106.6 103.4

Q4 2015

119.2 112.8 105.7 103.1

Q1 2016

119.9 113.1 106.0 103.3

Q2 2016

120.5 113.5 106.2 102.8

Q3 2016

121.2 113.8 106.5 102.9

Q4 2016

122.0 114.0 107.0 103.3

Q1 2017

122.8 114.5 107.3 103.6

Q2 2017

123.6 115.1 107.4 104.1

Q3 2017

124.9 115.4 108.2 104.6

Q4 2017

126.2 116.4 108.4 105.2

Q1 2018

127.1 116.9 108.7 105.4

Q2 2018

128.3 117.5 109.2 104.9

Q3 2018

129.4 118.2 109.5 105.1

Q4 2018

129.8 118.5 109.5 104.9

Q1 2019

131.1 118.7 110.5 107.0

Q2 2019

131.7 118.5 111.2 107.6

Q3 2019

132.4 119.2 111.1 108.0

From the third quarter of 2009 to the third quarter of 2019, nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased 11.1 percent, reflecting a 32.4-percent increase in output and a 19.2-percent increase in hours worked. Real hourly compensation increased 8.0 percent over this time span.

These data are from the Labor Productivity and Costs program. To learn more, see Productivity and Costs — Third Quarter 2019, Preliminary. Also see Charts related to the latest "Productivity and Costs" news release. Labor productivity, or output per hour, is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours worked by all persons, including employees, proprietors, and unpaid family workers.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Productivity up 11.1 percent, compensation up 8.0 percent from 2009 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/productivity-up-11-point-1-percent-compensation-up-8-point-0-percent-from-2009.htm (visited December 10, 2019).

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