December 20, 2012
In 2011, manufacturing productivity increased in 15 of 19 countries covered. In the majority of those countries, labor productivity (output per hour) rose by more than 2 percent—generally driven by gains in output coupled with modest changes in hours.
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In 2011, among those countries covered, only the United Kingdom had larger productivity growth in manufacturing than in 2010; in all other countries covered, productivity growth slowed down or declined. Only the Czech Republic and Singapore experienced productivity growth of 8 percent or higher in 2011, while in 2010 the majority of countries experienced growth that exceeded 8 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, 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2365.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, International manufacturing productivity, 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121220.htm (visited January 27, 2015).
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