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Table 1. Hourly compensation costs, U.S. dollars and U.S. = 100

Table 1. Hourly compensation costs in manufacturing, U.S. dollars,
         and as a percent of costs in the United States

                            Hourly Compensation Costs
                       in U.S. dollars           U.S.=100
                      1997 (1)    2011       1997 (1)   2011
                      
Norway                25.84      64.15       112        181
Switzerland           30.42      60.40       132        170
Belgium               28.92      54.77       125        154
Denmark               23.70      51.67       103        145
Sweden                25.02      49.12       109        138
Germany               29.16      47.38       127        133
Australia             18.93      46.29        82        130
Finland               22.36      44.14        97        124
Austria               24.91      43.16       108        121
Netherlands           22.45      42.26        97        119
France                24.86      42.12       108        119
Ireland               16.69      39.83        72        112
Canada                18.49      36.56        80        103
Italy                 19.76      36.17        86        102
Japan                 21.99      35.71        95        101
United States         23.04      35.53       100        100
United Kingdom        19.30      30.77        84         87
Spain                 13.95      28.44        61         80
New Zealand           12.06      23.38        52         66
Singapore             12.15      22.60        53         64
Greece                11.61      21.78        50         61
Israel                12.28      21.42        53         60
Korea, Republic of     9.22      18.91        40         53
Argentina              7.55      15.91        33         45
Czech Republic         3.25      13.13        14         37
Portugal               6.45      12.91        28         36
Slovakia               2.84      11.77        12         33
Brazil                 7.07      11.65        31         33
Estonia                 NA       10.39        NA         29
Taiwan                 7.04       9.34        31         26
Hungary                3.05       9.17        13         26
Poland                 3.15       8.83        14         25
Mexico                 3.47       6.48        15         18
Philippines            1.28       2.01         6          6

NA=data not available.

(1) With the exception of Estonia, 1997 is the first year 
    data for all countries are available to BLS.

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Last Modified Date: December 19, 2012
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