October 19, 2011
In 2010, productivity growth in manufacturing increased in all countries covered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The productivity increases were driven by large gains in output coupled with modest changes in hours. Output, after having fallen in all countries in 2009, rose in all countries in 2010.
Over the 2009-2010 period, for the majority of countries covered, labor productivity (output per hour) rose by more than 5 percent. Six countries (Singapore, Finland, Taiwan, Japan, Sweden, and the Czech Republic) experienced productivity growth of over 10 percent.
These data are from the International Labor Comparisons program. Refer to Country at a Glance tables for additional data on international labor comparisons. To learn more, see "International Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity and Unit Labor Cost Trends, 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1469.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, International manufacturing productivity, 2010 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20111019.htm (visited September 20, 2014).
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