May 3, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Nonfarm business labor productivity, first quarter 2012

Over-the-year change in hours, output, and labor productivity, nonfarm business sector, first quarter 2007–first quarter 2012
Quarter Percent change from corresponding quarter of previous year
Hours Output Labor productivity
(Output per hour)

2007 I

1.0 1.2 0.2

2007 II

1.1 2.1 0.9

2007 III

0.3 3.0 2.7

2007 IV

-0.3 2.2 2.5

2008 I

-0.5 1.3 1.9

2008 II

-1.3 0.2 1.6

2008 III

-2.1 -1.9 0.2

2008 IV

-4.4 -5.4 -1.1

2009 I

-6.6 -6.7 -0.1

2009 II

-8.2 -7.1 1.3

2009 III

-8.3 -5.5 3.1

2009 IV

-5.9 -0.9 5.3

2010 I

-3.2 2.7 6.1

2010 II

-0.2 4.2 4.4

2010 III

1.5 4.7 3.2

2010 IV

1.9 4.3 2.3

2011 I

2.2 3.2 0.9

2011 II

1.9 2.5 0.6

2011 III

1.8 2.3 0.5

2011 IV

1.9 2.3 0.4

2012 I

2.2 2.8 0.5

These data are featured in the TED article, Nonfarm business labor productivity, first quarter 2012.

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