May 25, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Multifactor productivity in private nonfarm business

Compound annual percentage growth rates for multifactor productivity, output, and combined inputs, in the private nonfarm business sector for selected periods, 1987–2011
Years Multifactor productivity       Output       Combined inputs


0.9 2.8 1.9


0.5 3.2 2.7


0.5 2.9 2.4


1.3 5.0 3.6


1.4 2.7 1.3


0.4 -0.1 -0.5


0.5 2.4 1.9

These data are featured in the TED article, Multifactor productivity in private nonfarm business.




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