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Spotlight on International Labor Comparisons
International Labor Comparisons

This Spotlight compares output, unemployment, compensation, productivity, consumer prices, and other measures around the world.

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The International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program adjusts data to a common conceptual framework because direct comparisons of national statistics across countries can be misleading due to differing concepts and methods. ILC data are used to assess U.S. economic and labor market performance relative to that of other countries and to evaluate the competitive position of the United States in increasingly global markets.

Announcements

NEW Even though the International Labor Comparisons program has been discontinued, anyone interested in learning more about the methodology and underlying data used for the program can contact the BLS.

The BLS is aware of the following organization(s) that have obtained the methodology and intend to produce ILC indicators similar to those done previously by BLS:

The Conference Board

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or content, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server.

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ILC News Releases

Latest News Releases

  • International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in Manufacturing, 2011 (HTML) (PDF)
  • International Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity and Unit Labor Cost Trends, 2011 (HTML) (PDF)

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ILC Tables

Labor Force, Employment, and Unemployment

NOTE: Foreign-country data are adjusted to U.S. concepts unless otherwise noted.

Monthly unemployment rates and employment indexes, 2009-2013

Annual labor force statistics, 1970-2012


Hourly Compensation Costs (Wages and Benefits)

In the Manufacturing Sector

In Sub-Manufacturing Industries

Productivity and Unit Labor Costs in Manufacturing


GDP per Capita and per Hour


Consumer Prices

Monthly and annual CPI and HICP

 

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International Labor Comparisons

This Spotlight compares output, unemployment, compensation, productivity, consumer prices, and other measures around the world.

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ILC Special Studies

Manufacturing in China

Manufacturing in China (tables, charts, and data comparability) (HTML)

Publications

  • China's employment and compensation costs in manufacturing through 2008 (PDF)
  • China's manufacturing employment and compensation costs: 2002-06 (PDF)
  • Labor costs of manufacturing employees in China: an update to 2003-04 (PDF)
  • Manufacturing employment and compensation in China (revised November 2005), 1990-2002 (PDF)
    The opinions, analysis, and conclusions expressed in this report are solely those of the author.
  • Manufacturing earnings and compensation in China, 1990-2002 (PDF)
  • Manufacturing employment in China, 1990-2002 (PDF)

Manufacturing in India

India's organized manufacturing sector (tables, charts, and data comparability) (HTML)

Publications

  • Labor costs in India's organized manufacturing sector (PDF 1.2MB)

ILC Publications

Latest Publications

  • BLS Spotlight on Statistics: International Labor Comparisons (HTML) (PDF)
  • China's employment and compensation costs in manufacturing through 2008 (PDF)
  • Compensation costs in manufacturing across industries and countries, 1975-2007 (PDF)
  • Labor Costs in India's Organized Manufacturing Sector (PDF)
  • A Portrait of the Youth Labor Market in 13 Countries, 1980-2007 (PDF)
  • International Comparisons of Hours Worked: An Assessment of the Statistics (PDF)
  • International Comparisons of Harmonized Indexes of Consumer Prices (PDF)

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ILC Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is productivity?
  2. What does hourly compensation costs mean?
  3. What are other major sources of international labor statistics?

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Contact ILC

Contacts

General information:
  Tel: (202) 691-5200
  Email: Contact BLS

Send written inquiries to:
  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  International Labor Comparisons
  Suite 2150
  2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
  Washington, DC 20212

Other BLS Programs

  • Import/Export Price Indexes—monthly data on changes in the prices of imported and exported nonmilitary goods traded between the U.S. and the rest of the world.
  • International Technical Cooperation—conducts training in labor statistics for international participants and coordinates international requests for BLS services including technical experts and short-term visits to BLS.

Other sources of international data