Labor productivity is a measure of economic performance that compares the amount of goods and services produced (output) with the number of hours worked to produce those goods and services. The BLS also publishes measures of multifactor productivity.

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  • Productivity and Costs: Second Quarter 2017, Preliminary is scheduled to be released on August 9, 2017 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

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Productivity unchanged in 1st quarter 2017 (annual rate); unit labor costs rise 2.2%

06/05/2017

Productivity was unchanged in the nonfarm business sector in the first quarter of 2017; unit labor costs increased 2.2 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity increased 0.5 percent and unit labor costs increased 2.4 percent.
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Productivity rises in 17 of 28 selected service-providing industries in 2016

05/18/2017

Labor productivity rose in 17 of 28 service-providing industries in 2016. Output and hours increased in fewer industries than in 2015.
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Productivity rises in 31 of 90 NAICS 4-digit manufacturing and mining industries in 2016

05/09/2017

Labor productivity rose in 27 of the 86 NAICS 4-digit manufacturing industries and all 4 mining industries in 2016. Output and hours worked increased in fewer industries in 2016 than in the previous year.
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2015 productivity up in about 2/3 of wholesale & retail trade and food services industries

08/10/2016

Labor productivity rose in wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and drinking places in 2015. Unit labor costs also rose in all three industry groups.
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  • BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 11 Industry Productivity Measures (PDF)
  • Industry Hours and Employment. May 2014.
  • Construction of Average Weekly Hours for Supervisory and Nonproduction Wage and Salary Workers in Detailed Industries. August 2005. (PDF)

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LPC Special Notices

  • NEW Beginning with the Productivity and Costs news release scheduled for March 8, 2017, an improvement in the methodology for estimating hours worked will be implemented. For more information see: https://www.bls.gov/lpc/hwhpnew.htm.
  • NEW Data for private community hospitals (Industry 622A) were updated for 2013 on September 20, 2016. These changes have been incorporated into the Labor Productivity and Costs by Industry Tables and the Labor Productivity and Costs by Industry Chart Dashboard. The private community hospitals data were originally added on October 16, 2015.
  • Labor productivity and costs data for the nonfinancial corporate sector were corrected December 17, 2012. For more information, see http://www.bls.gov/lpc/lpc_nonfinancial_corporate_correction.htm.

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