June 5, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Productivity in selected service-providing and mining industries, 2010

Percent change in output per hour in the largest (by employment) service-providing and mining industries, 2009–2010
Industry Percent change in output per hour

General freight trucking, local

14.3

Support activities for mining

12.7

General freight trucking, long distance

10.1

General warehousing and storage

7.9

Air transportation

6.6

Wired telecommunications carriers

4.6

Limited-service eating places

4.3

Newspaper, book, and directory publishers

3.8

Power generation and supply

3.3

Janitorial services

2.6

Automotive repair and maintenance

2.3

Traveler accommodation

2.1

Couriers and messengers

1.8

Postal service

1.5

Full-service restaurants

1.3

Special food services

-0.7

Hair, nail, and skin care services

-1.0

Drinking places (alcoholic beverages)

-2.0

Engineering services

-2.3

Commercial banking

-3.1

These data are featured in the TED article, Productivity in selected service-providing and mining industries, 2010.

 

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