Productivity, output, and hours worked, third quarter of 2012

November 06, 2012

Nonfarm business labor productivity increased at a 1.9-percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2012. The rise in productivity reflects increases of 3.2 percent in output and 1.3 percent in hours worked.

Over-the-year change in hours, output, and labor productivity,

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

2007 III


2007 IV


2008 I


2008 II


2008 III


2008 IV


2009 I


2009 II


2009 III


2009 IV

2010 I

2010 II


2010 III

2010 IV

2011 I


2011 II

2011 III

2011 IV

2012 I


2012 II

2012 III


From the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of 2012, productivity increased 1.5 percent, as output and hours worked rose 3.3 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively.

These data are from the BLS Labor Productivity and Costs program, are seasonally adjusted annual rates, and are subject to change. To learn more, see “Productivity and Costs — Third Quarter 2012, Preliminary,” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2163. Labor productivity, or output per hour, is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours worked of all persons, including employees, proprietors, and unpaid family workers.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Productivity, output, and hours worked, third quarter of 2012 on the Internet at (visited September 27, 2016).


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