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Labor productivity in private community hospitals, 1993–2012

November 05, 2015

Output for private community hospitals grew at an average annual rate of 2.1 percent from 1993 to 2012, and labor productivity grew at a rate of 0.5 percent over the same period. Productivity measures how efficiently hospital workers provide services. We measure labor productivity by dividing the index of output by the index of labor hours. When output grows faster than hours, labor productivity rises. Labor productivity in private community hospitals increased from 1993 to 2001 but declined 0.4 percent annually from 2001 to 2012.

 

 

Indexes of labor productivity, output, and hours for private community hospitals, 1993–2012
Year Output Hours Labor productivity

1993

100.0 100.0 100.0

1994

100.7 100.2 100.4

1995

107.1 100.0 107.1

1996

110.0 100.7 109.3

1997

111.2 103.1 107.8

1998

114.3 105.3 108.6

1999

119.2 105.8 112.6

2000

122.1 107.0 114.1

2001

126.4 110.0 115.0

2002

127.8 112.7 113.4

2003

130.1 117.4 110.8

2004

131.8 119.9 110.0

2005

134.0 123.6 108.4

2006

137.7 125.5 109.7

2007

136.8 128.9 106.1

2008

140.5 132.3 106.2

2009

141.4 131.1 107.9

2010

142.0 131.1 108.4

2011

146.3 133.5 109.6

2012

147.7 134.2 110.1

These data are from the Labor Productivity and Costs program. Defining and measuring hospital output poses many challenges. BLS has developed a new measure of output based on the number of treatments a hospital completes. To learn more, see "New measure of labor productivity for private community hospitals: 1993–2012" in the October 2015 Monthly Labor Review.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Labor productivity in private community hospitals, 1993–2012 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/labor-productivity-in-private-community-hospitals-1993-2012.htm (visited November 15, 2019).

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