Labor productivity relates output to the labor hours used in the production of that output. Two BLS programs produce labor productivity and costs (LPC) measures for sectors of the U.S. economy.

The Major Sector Productivity program publishes quarterly and annual measures of output per hour and unit labor costs for the U.S. business, nonfarm business, and manufacturing sectors. These are the productivity statistics most often cited by the national media.

The Industry Productivity program publishes annual measures of output per hour and unit labor costs for U.S. industries.

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Productivity and Costs

December 03, 2014
Productivity increased 2.3 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the third quarter of 2014; unit labor costs decreased 1.0 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity increased 2.9 percent and unit labor costs decreased 1.3 percent. More...
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Productivity and Costs by Industry: Mining, Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, and Food Services and Drinking Places Industries, 2013

August 07, 2014
Labor productivity rose in mining, in wholesale trade and in retail trade but fell in food services and drinking places in 2013. Within these sectors, productivity increased in nearly three-fourths of the detailed industries studied. More...
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Productivity and Costs by Industry: Selected Service-Providing and Mining Industries, 2012

May 21, 2014
Labor productivity rose in 48 percent of the detailed service-providing and mining industries studied in 2012, down from 60 percent of the industries in 2011. Output rose in more industries in 2012 than in any year since 2006, while hours rose in more industries than in any year since 2005. More...
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Productivity and Costs by Industry: Manufacturing Industries, 2012

March 27, 2014
Labor productivity rose in 54 percent of the 57 detailed manufacturing industries covered in 2012, down from 68 percent in 2011. Both output and hours increased in more industries in 2012 than in the previous year. More...
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Major Sector Productivity and Cost Data (Quarterly and Annual)

News Release
  Major Sector Productivity staff (202) 691-5606 Staff
Labor Productivity and Related Data
  Analysis and methodology
    John Glaser (202) 691-5607 Glaser.John@bls.gov
  Data
    Shawn Sprague (202) 691-5612 Sprague.Shawn@bls.gov
Employment and Hours
  Nonfarm employees
    Shawn Sprague (202) 691-5612 Sprague.Shawn@bls.gov
  Other nonfarm and farm
    John Glaser (202) 691-5607 Glaser.John@bls.gov
  Hours-At-Work Ratios
    Shawn Sprague (202) 691-5612 Sprague.Shawn@bls.gov
 

Industry Productivity and Cost Data (Annual)

Labor Productivity and Related Data
  Industry Productivity Studies staff (202) 691-5618 Staff
Methodology
  Mark Dumas (202) 691-5635 Dumas.Mark@bls.gov
  Chris Kask (202) 691-5647 Kask.Chris@bls.gov
  Chris Sparks (202) 691-5034 Sparks.Chris@bls.gov
  Victor Torres (202) 691-5626 Torres.Victor@bls.gov

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