September 04, 2001
In 2000, the labor productivity growth rate for manufacturing was the highest in the United States among the 10 countries for which comparable data were available.
The labor productivity increase in the United States was 7.1 percent, followed by 6.0 percent and 5.8 percent in Germany and France, respectively.
The productivity growth rates in Canada and Norway were the lowest among the countries compared, at 1.2 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.
These data are a product of the BLS Foreign Labor Statistics program. Labor productivity is measured here as output per hour. Data are subject to revision. Additional information is available in "InternationalComparisons of Manufacturing Productivity and Unit Labor Cost Trends, 2000", news release USDL 01-280.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, U.S. led in factory productivity gains in 2000 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/sept/wk1/art01.htm (visited July 28, 2014).
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