Productivity in selected service-providing and mining industries, 2010
June 05, 2012
Among the 20 largest (by employment) service-providing and mining industries, several recorded large increases in output per hour, including local and long-distance freight trucking and support activities for mining.
From 2009 to 2010, output per hour increased in 32 of the 47 detailed service-providing industries studied. In most of these industries, productivity rose as output growth was accompanied by declines or more modest increases in labor hours. Several industries posted double-digit productivity gains as a result: local as well as long-distance general freight trucking; refrigerated warehousing and storage; radio and television broadcasting; wireless telecommunications carriers; and travel agencies.
Output per hour rose in four of the five detailed mining industries studied; only coal mining posted a productivity decline. Productivity was particularly strong in the support activities for mining industry, where strong growth in output exceeded a large increase in labor hours.
These data are from the Productivity and Costs program. To learn more, see "Productivity and Costs by Industry: Selected Service-Providing and Mining Industries, 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-1069.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Productivity in selected service-providing and mining industries, 2010 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120605.htm (visited May 26, 2016).
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