March 08, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Unit labor costs in the fourth quarter of 2009

Unit labor costs, nonfarm business, all persons, seasonally adjusted, first quarter (I) 2004 fourth quarter (IV) 2009
Quarter Percent change
From previous quarter, annual rate From same quarter a year ago

2004 I

-2.7 -0.8

2004 II

2.0 -0.7

2004 III

5.9 1.7

2004 IV

2.4 1.9

2005 I

-0.8 2.4

2005 II

3.6 2.7

2005 III

2.8 2.0

2005 IV

2.6 2.0

2006 I

2.6 2.9

2006 II

1.5 2.4

2006 III

3.5 2.5

2006 IV

6.6 3.5

2007 I

3.4 3.7

2007 II

-0.8 3.1

2007 III

-2.5 1.6

2007 IV

3.1 0.7

2008 I

1.6 0.3

2008 II

-1.9 0.1

2008 III

4.9 1.9

2008 IV

2.2 1.7

2009 I

-5.0 0.0

2009 II

0.1 0.5

2009 III

-7.6 -2.7

2009 IV

-5.9 -4.7

These data featured in the TED article, Unit labor costs in the fourth quarter of 2009.