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Productivity Research and Program Development

Sabrina Pabilonia received the 2020 Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award for work on state productivity estimates

BLS introduced state labor productivity estimates for the private nonfarm sector as an experimental dataset in June 2019.  The latest official estimates were released in May 2021.  Dr. Pabilonia co-authored a Monthly Labor Review article describing the data and methodology used to produce these new estimates. In addition, the article examines the compensation-productivity gap, the relationship between productivity growth and the share of output in the information and communications technology producing sector, and whether state-level labor productivity is converging following the Great Recession.