October 19, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

International manufacturing productivity, 2010

Percent change in manufacturing ouput, hours, and output per hour, selected countries, 2009–2010
Country Output Hours Output per hour

United States

5.8 0.0 5.8

Australia

4.3 2.7 1.6

Belgium

3.9 0.6 3.3

Canada

5.6 1.3 4.3

Czech Republic

10.8 -1.9 12.9

Denmark

2.4 -6.5 9.6

Finland

12.8 -3.2 16.4

France

3.5 -4.0 7.9

Germany

11.3 4.1 6.9

Italy

4.6 -2.3 7.0

Japan

16.7 2.4 13.9

Korea, Republic of

14.8 5.7 8.6

Netherlands

7.3 -1.7 9.1

Norway

1.9 -2.6 4.7

Singapore

29.7 -2.3 32.7

Spain

0.9 -3.7 4.7

Sweden

15.6 2.0 13.4

Taiwan

26.7 10.0 15.2

United Kingdom

3.6 -0.6 4.2

These data are featured in the TED article, International manufacturing productivity, 2010.