Labor productivity relates output to the labor hours used in the production of that output. Two BLS programs produce labor productivity and costs (LPC) measures for sectors of the U.S. economy.

The Major Sector Productivity program publishes quarterly and annual measures of output per hour and unit labor costs for the U.S. business, nonfarm business, and manufacturing sectors. These are the productivity statistics most often cited by the national media.

The Industry Productivity program publishes annual measures of output per hour and unit labor costs for U.S. industries.

Multifactor productivity measures which relate output to a combined set of inputs are also produced for major sectors and industries and can be accessed at the Multifactor Productivity homepage.

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Next Releases:

  • Productivity and Costs: First Quarter 2017, Revised is scheduled to be released on June 5, 2017, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

 

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LPC News Releases

//PROD2 ECDSA Testing 09072017// Productivity increases 1.6% in second quarter 2017

09/07/2017

//PROD2 ECDSA Testing 09072017// Productivity increased 1.6 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the second quarter 2017.
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//PRIN2 ECDSA Key Test 09142017// Productivity and Costs: Selective Service-Providing...

05/18/2017

//PRIN2 ECDSA Key Test 09142017// Test Labor productivity (output per hour) rose in 64 percent of the detailed service-providing and mining industries studied in 2006, about the same proportion as in the previous year.
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//PRIN ECDSA Test 09132017// Productivity rose in 28% of detailed manufacturing...

04/20/2017

//PRIN RSS Test 10272016// Labor productivity rose in 28 percent of the detailed manufacturing industries studied in 2009, down from 38 percent in 2008 and 56 percent in 2007. Output and hours declined at double-digit rates in over 7 out of 10 industries studied.
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//PRIN1 ECDSA Test 09132017// Productivity rose 80 percent in 2016

07/26/2017

//PRIN1 ECDSA Test 09132017// Labor productivity (output per hour) declined in wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and drinking places in 2016.
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Major Sector Productivity Program

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  • BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 11 Industry Productivity Measures (PDF)
  • Industry Hours and Employment. May 2014.
  • Construction of Average Weekly Hours for Supervisory and Nonproduction Wage and Salary Workers in Detailed Industries. August 2005. (PDF)

LPC Publications

Major Sector Productivity Program

Industry Productivity Program

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LPC FAQs

LPC Special Notices

  • NEW Data for private community hospitals (Industry 622A) were added on October 16, 2015 to the Labor Productivity and Costs by Industry Tables and the Labor Productivity and Costs by Industry Chart Dashboard.
  • Labor productivity and costs data for the nonfinancial corporate sector were corrected December 17, 2012. For more information, see http://www.bls.gov/lpc/lpc_nonfinancial_corporate_correction.htm.

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Industry Productivity and Cost Data (Annual)

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