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Productivity increases 5.4% in Q1 2021; unit labor costs increase 1.7% (annual rates)


Productivity increased 5.4 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the first quarter of 2021; unit labor costs increased 1.7 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity decreased 1.7 percent and unit labor costs increased 10.7 percent. HTML | PDF | RSS | Charts


Productivity falls in 13 of 29 selected service-providing industries in 2020


Labor productivity fell in 13 of 29 service-providing industries in 2020. Output decreased in 21 industries in 2020 while hours worked decreased in 24 industries. HTML | PDF | RSS | Charts


Productivity rises in 45 states and the District of Columbia in 2020


Labor productivity increased in 45 states and the District of Columbia in 2020. Output decreased in all 50 states and the District and hours worked decreased in all but 1 state. HTML | PDF | RSS | Charts


Productivity rises in 42 of 90 manufacturing and mining industries in 2020


Labor productivity increased in 41 of the 86 NAICS 4-digit manufacturing industries and in 1 of the 4 mining industries in 2020. 80 percent of the industries recorded declines in both output and hours worked. HTML | PDF | RSS | Charts


Productivity rises in 30 of 46 wholesale and retail trade industries in 2019


Retail trade productivity increased 5.3 percent in 2019, the largest increase since 1999. Wholesale trade productivity rose 0.4 percent, carried by growth in nondurable goods industries. Unit labor costs fell in retail trade and increased in wholesale trade. HTML | PDF | RSS | Charts


Multifactor productivity decreases 1.7% in 2020, following a 0.7% increase in 2019


In 2020 multifactor productivity declined at a 1.7-percent annual rate in both the private nonfarm business and private business sectors. HTML | PDF | RSS


Manufacturing multifactor productivity declines 1.6% in 2019


In 2019 multifactor productivity declined at a 1.6 percent annual rate in the manufacturing sector. This decline follows a revised 0.7-percent increase in 2018. HTML | PDF | RSS


Multifactor productivity rose in 44 of the 86 4-digit NAICS manufacturing industries in 2018, up from 32 of the industries in 2017. Among transportation industries, multifactor productivity increased in both air transportation and line-haul railroads. HTML | PDF | RSS