Productivity in selected service-providing and mining industries, 2009
May 31, 2011
Among the 20 largest (by employment) service-providing and mining industries, drinking places (alcoholic beverages) recorded the largest increase in labor productivity (output per hour) in 2009, as hours fell more than twice as fast as output. Support activities for mining—in which both output and hours fell by double digits over the year—recorded the largest productivity decline.
From 2008 to 2009, output per hour increased in 21 of the 47 detailed service-providing industries and in 2 of the 5 detailed mining industries studied. Although productivity changes varied widely among the service-providing and mining industries, almost all of the increases in productivity involved declines in hours.
Productivity rose in the overall mining sector and in the oil and gas extraction and metal ore mining industries in 2009, but declined in coal mining, in nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying, and in support activities for mining. Hours fell in all of the mining industries.
These data are from the Productivity and Costs program. To learn more, see "Productivity and Costs by Industry: Selected Service-Providing and Mining Industries, 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0762.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Productivity in selected service-providing and mining industries, 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110531.htm (visited March 31, 2015).
Three recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.
Women veterans in the labor force examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.