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Textile mills labor productivity up 6.6 percent in 2016

May 23, 2017

In 2016, labor productivity increased in 5 of the 21 broad manufacturing industries studied and in both broad mining industries studied.

Annual percentage change in productivity in manufacturing and mining industries, 2006–16
Year Apparel manufacturing Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing Chemical manufacturing Computer and electronic product manufacturing Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing Fabricated metal product manufacturing Food manufacturing Furniture and related product manufacturing

2006

-2.9 -5.7 0.8 8.9 1.0 2.3 -0.3 2.5

2007

-30.5 -1.6 9.0 9.9 2.3 2.7 -1.4 -0.3

2008

-14.0 -1.8 -5.9 4.0 -3.3 2.3 1.2 3.1

2009

-6.7 9.8 -8.5 -7.2 -6.0 -9.2 -1.6 -11.0

2010

5.3 -2.7 7.4 11.3 4.9 5.3 2.2 7.5

2011

0.6 -7.9 1.7 6.9 4.4 1.5 1.6 0.7

2012

5.4 3.1 -0.2 -4.3 -1.5 -1.4 -0.5 5.2

2013

0.3 -8.8 0.0 0.6 -2.5 -1.2 0.6 -0.7

2014

-0.7 -2.9 -1.2 -2.1 3.4 -0.2 0.9 -3.9

2015

-0.7 -0.4 1.0 -0.1 -2.5 -2.2 -0.5 5.6

2016

-1.0 -10.2 1.0 -3.7 -1.5 -2.0 -3.5 -2.3
Annual percentage change in productivity in manufacturing and mining industries, 2006–16 (continued)
Year Leather and allied product manufacturing Machinery manufacturing Miscellaneous manufacturing Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing Paper manufacturing Petroleum and coal products manufacturing Plastics and rubber products manufacturing Primary metal manufacturing

2006

1.5 3.1 2.8 -0.8 1.4 -2.2 -0.1 -1.1

2007

-3.4 1.6 0.0 1.6 5.0 2.7 -0.7 7.3

2008

7.0 -1.5 1.6 -3.5 0.9 -2.7 -4.6 3.9

2009

-8.2 -6.2 -0.3 -8.7 -4.5 5.1 -0.3 -9.3

2010

10.6 9.4 7.7 6.8 4.6 5.5 5.8 15.7

2011

5.8 5.0 -2.8 4.0 5.5 2.1 -0.2 -2.0

2012

-24.4 3.7 -5.2 3.0 7.7 -10.6 3.2 2.0

2013

5.5 -3.4 2.2 3.9 -0.7 6.0 -1.3 4.8

2014

9.0 -1.5 -3.1 -0.9 -0.7 1.9 -1.8 -1.1

2015

-6.1 -4.1 -3.2 -1.3 0.5 3.7 -0.9 -2.1

2016

-5.0 -0.7 -3.6 -2.4 -0.4 4.3 -2.6 4.1
Annual percentage change in productivity in manufacturing and mining industries, 2006–16
Year Printing and related support activities Textile mills Textile product mills Transportation equipment manufacturing Wood product manufacturing Oil and gas extraction Mining (except oil and gas)

2006

2.4 0.6 -7.7 1.6 4.9 -7.5 -4.3

2007

4.6 2.8 -11.3 9.6 1.9 -2.9 -7.2

2008

1.2 0.4 -1.1 -2.3 1.5 -6.7 -1.0

2009

-5.0 -1.7 -9.8 -7.4 -3.8 4.2 -3.0

2010

4.3 8.0 5.6 17.3 7.4 5.9 1.4

2011

4.2 -1.8 6.8 2.6 3.1 -13.0 -4.2

2012

2.6 -3.4 -4.1 3.6 3.9 -5.9 -0.1

2013

0.8 9.3 5.8 2.4 -2.0 14.0 6.4

2014

-2.8 -2.0 7.4 4.0 -0.3 12.5 2.5

2015

1.4 -4.1 -1.4 -0.5 2.8 9.5 0.1

2016

2.2 6.6 -3.4 -3.9 -0.8 5.4 4.3

Among the manufacturing industries, textile mills had the largest productivity increase in 2016, 6.6 percent, followed by petroleum and coal products manufacturing (4.3 percent), primary metals manufacturing (4.1 percent), printing and related support activities (2.2 percent), and chemical manufacturing (1.0 percent).

Beverages and tobacco products manufacturing recorded the largest decline in productivity among manufacturing industries in 2016, 10.2 percent.

Productivity rose 5.4 percent in oil and gas extraction in 2016 and 4.3 percent in mining, except oil and gas.

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: Manufacturing and Mining Industries — 2016" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Textile mills labor productivity up 6.6 percent in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/textile-mills-labor-productivity-up-6-point-6-percent-in-2016.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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