Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Labor productivity, first quarter 2013

May 03, 2013

From the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013, nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased 0.9 percent. The increase in productivity reflects increases of 2.5 percent in output and 1.5 percent in hours.


Percent change in productivity, output, and hours, first quarter 2012 to first quarter 2013, preliminary
 Nonfarm businessBusinessManufacturingDurable manufacturingNondurable manufacturing




Over the last four quarters, manufacturing sector productivity increased 1.7 percent, as output and hours worked rose 2.6 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.

These data are from the BLS Productivity and Costs program and are seasonally adjusted and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Productivity and Costs, First Quarter 2013, Preliminary" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL–13–0784. Labor productivity, or output per hour, is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours of all persons, including employees, proprietors, and unpaid family workers.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Labor productivity, first quarter 2013 at (visited July 23, 2024).

Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics