Productivity up in wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and drinking places in 2015
August 26, 2016
Labor productivity rose 1.6 percent in wholesale trade, 3.0 percent in retail trade, and 1.8 percent in food services and drinking places in 2015. Unit labor costs, which reflect the total labor costs required to produce a unit of output, also rose in all three industry groups.
Motor vehicles and parts
Furniture and furnishings
Lumber and construction supplies
Metals and minerals
Appliances and electric goods
Hardware and plumbing
Machinery and supplies
Miscellaneous durable goods
Paper and paper products
Apparel and piece goods
Grocery and related products
Farm product raw materials
Miscellaneous nondurable goods
Electronic markets and agents and brokers
Motor vehicle and parts dealers
Other motor vehicle dealers
Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores
Furniture and home furnishings stores
Home furnishings stores
Electronics and appliance stores
Building material and garden supply stores
Building material and supplies dealers
Lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores
Food and beverage stores
Specialty food stores
Beer, wine and liquor stores
Health and personal care stores
Clothing and clothing accessories stores
Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
Sports, hobby, music instruments, book stores
Sporting goods and musical instrument stores
Book stores and news dealers
General merchandise stores
Other general merchandise stores
Miscellaneous store retailers
Office supplies, stationery and gift stores
Used merchandise stores
Other miscellaneous store retailers
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses
Vending machine operators
Direct selling establishments
Food services and drinking places
Special food services
Drinking places, alcoholic beverages
Restaurants and other eating places
Among the largest industries, productivity growth was greatest in building material and supplies dealers, where output outpaced a slight increase in hours worked. Productivity fell the most in special food services, where growth in hours worked outpaced an increase in output.
In wholesale trade, productivity increased in 13 of the 19 4-digit industries, while output rose in 16 industries and hours worked grew in 13. Productivity increased in 19 of the 27 4-digit retail trade industries, while output grew in 23 industries and hours worked rose in 15.
These data are from the Labor Productivity and Costs program. Data are preliminary and may be revised. To learn more, see "Productivity and Costs by Industry: Trade, Food Services and Drinking Places, 2015" (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Productivity up in wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and drinking places in 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/productivity-up-in-wholesale-trade-retail-trade-and-food-services-and-drinking-places-in-2015.htm (visited November 15, 2019).
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