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U.S. and foreign compensation costs in manufacturing

September 23, 2002

In 2000, compensation costs for production workers in manufacturing in the U.S. continued to be among the highest in the world.

Hourly compensation costs in U.S. dollars for production workers in manufacturing, selected years, 1980-2000
[Chart data—TXT]

Compensation costs in the U.S. were well above that of Canada, Mexico, and a group of four newly industrializing economies in Asia including Hong Kong, Korea (the Republic of Korea), Singapore, and Taiwan in 2000. Costs in Japan, however, were 11 percent higher than costs in the United States.

For the first time since 1989, average hourly compensation costs for manufacturing production workers in the United States rose above hourly compensation costs in Europe in U.S. dollar terms in 2000.

International comparisons of labor statistics are from the Foreign Labor Statistics program. Find out more in "A perspective on U.S. and foreign compensation costs in manufacturing," by Chris Sparks, Theo Bikol, and Lisa Moglia, Monthly Labor Review, June 2002.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, U.S. and foreign compensation costs in manufacturing at (visited May 19, 2024).

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