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Productivity
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Research and Working Papers

BLS Publishes Experimental Productivity Dispersion Statistics for Manufacturing Industries

 

Productivity Research and Program Development Publications and Working Papers

This office is part of the Productivity Program at BLS and is tasked with strengthening and improving Bureau productivity measures and on understanding the sources and effects of productivity and technical change.

 

State Productivity (No Longer Research – Now incorporated as a regular product)

On May 27, 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) updated state-level labor productivity and cost measures for the private nonfarm sector through 2020, including output per hour, output, hours, unit labor costs, hourly compensation, and real hourly compensation. By analyzing state-level labor productivity measures, data users can learn more about regional business cycles, the persistence of regional income inequality, and which states are driving national productivity trends.

 

BLS published an article, "BLS Publishes Experimental State-level Labor Productivity Measures", that describes the data and methodology used to estimate these new labor productivity data. 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.