Revised nonfarm business sector labor productivity 0 percent during fourth quarter of 2017
March 09, 2018
Nonfarm business sector labor productivity growth was revised to 0.0 percent from −0.1 percent during the fourth quarter of 2017. Output increased 3.2 percent and hours worked increased 3.3 percent, the same amounts previously published.
Real hourly compensation
Unit labor costs
In the fourth quarter of 2017, hourly compensation increased by 2.4 percent, revised from a decline of 1.8 percent. Real hourly compensation declined 1.2 percent, revised from a decline of 1.8 percent. Unit labor costs increased 2.5 percent, revised from 2.0 percent.
These data are from the Labor Productivity and Costs program and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see “Labor Productivity and Costs — Fourth Quarter and Annual Averages 2017, Revised” (HTML) (PDF). Measures released in the revised report are based on more recent source data than were available for the preliminary report. 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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Revised nonfarm business sector labor productivity 0 percent during fourth quarter of 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/revised-nonfarm-business-sector-labor-productivity-0-percent-during-fourth-quarter-of-2017.htm (visited October 23, 2020).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- Gulf War Era Veterans in the Labor Force
Examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of civilians who served in the U.S. military during Gulf War era.
- Using BLS Data to Match People with Disabilities with Jobs Presents data that can help increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities in the nation’s labor market.
- How Women and Aging Affect Trends in Labor Force Growth Examines how women’s labor force participation and the aging of the U.S. population affect trends in labor force growth.
- Meal Appeal: Patterns of Expenditures on Food away from Home
Examines spending on food away from home, such as meals or snacks from restaurants, vending machines, employer cafeterias, or other venues.