Labor productivity up 1.1 percent from fourth quarter 2016 to fourth quarter 2017

February 08, 2018

From the fourth quarter of 2016 to the fourth quarter of 2017, nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased 1.1 percent, reflecting a 3.2-percent increase in output and a 2.1-percent increase in hours worked. Annual average productivity increased 1.2 percent from 2016 to 2017.

Labor productivity (output per hour), output, and hours worked indexes, nonfarm business (2009 = 100), 4th quarter 2017
Quarter Output Hours worked Labor productivity (output per hour)

Q1 2009

99.797 102.247 97.604

Q2 2009

99.494 100.026 99.469

Q3 2009

99.728 98.840 100.898

Q4 2009

100.981 98.892 102.112

Q1 2010

101.544 98.938 102.634

Q2 2010

102.722 99.727 103.003

Q3 2010

103.770 100.242 103.520

Q4 2010

104.739 100.766 103.943

Q1 2011

104.088 100.980 103.078

Q2 2011

105.229 101.749 103.420

Q3 2011

105.525 102.220 103.233

Q4 2011

107.024 102.959 103.948

Q1 2012

108.051 103.802 104.093

Q2 2012

108.785 103.902 104.699

Q3 2012

109.067 104.348 104.522

Q4 2012

109.123 104.868 104.057

Q1 2013

109.891 105.375 104.286

Q2 2013

110.065 105.714 104.116

Q3 2013

111.102 106.276 104.541

Q4 2013

112.624 106.575 105.676

Q1 2014

112.237 107.123 104.774

Q2 2014

113.838 108.020 105.386

Q3 2014

115.747 108.652 106.530

Q4 2014

116.414 109.786 106.037

Q1 2015

117.552 110.121 106.748

Q2 2015

118.515 110.678 107.081

Q3 2015

118.898 110.679 107.426

Q4 2015

118.973 111.469 106.732

Q1 2016

119.032 111.855 106.417

Q2 2016

119.770 112.314 106.638

Q3 2016

120.756 112.546 107.295

Q4 2016

121.423 112.815 107.630

Q1 2017

121.953 113.271 107.664

Q2 2017

123.135 113.941 108.069

Q3 2017

124.349 114.288 108.803

Q4 2017

125.333 115.226 108.772

Productivity decreased 0.1 percent during the fourth quarter of 2017, as output increased 3.2 percent and hours worked increased 3.3 percent.

These data are from the Labor Productivity and Costs program. For more information, see “Labor Productivity and Costs — Fourth Quarter and Annual Averages 2017, Preliminary” (HTML) (PDF). Labor productivity, or output per hour, is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours worked by all persons, including employees, proprietors, and unpaid family workers. More labor productivity charts can be found at Graphics for Economic News Releases: Productivity and Costs.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Labor productivity up 1.1 percent from fourth quarter 2016 to fourth quarter 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/labor-productivity-up-1-1-percent-from-fourth-quarter-2016-to-fourth-quarter-2017.htm (visited February 24, 2018).

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