Labor productivity in the US non-farm business sector increased by an annualized 2.3 percent during the second quarter of 2019, matching a preliminary estimate and following a 3.5 percent gain in the previous three-month period. Figures came above market expectations of 2.2 percent. Output rose 1.9 percent and hours worked dropped 0.4 percent, the biggest decline since the third quarter of 2009. Year-on-year, productivity went up 1.8 percent, reflecting a 2.6 percent rise in output and a 0.9 percent increase in hours worked. Productivity in the United States averaged 60.79 Index Points from 1950 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 107.54 Index Points in the second quarter of 2019 and a record low of 25.99 Index Points in the first quarter of 1950.

Productivity in the United States is expected to be 106.55 Index Points by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Productivity in the United States to stand at 107.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Nonfarm Labour Productivity is projected to trend around 109.21 Index Points in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-05-02 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Prel Q1 3.6% 1.3% 2.2% 1.4%
2019-06-06 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Final Q1 3.4% 1.9% 3.5% 3.6%
2019-08-15 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Prel Q2 2.3% 3.5% 1.5% 1.5%
2019-09-05 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Final Q2 2.3% 3.5% 2.2% 2.3%
2019-11-06 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Prel Q3 2.3%
2019-12-10 01:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Final Q3 2.3%


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.70 3.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 130.00 159.00 1118.00 -1959.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 96.00 131.00 1092.00 -1766.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 34.00 28.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 3.00 4.00 655.00 -1715.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 204.00 219.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1670.00 1674.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 195.00 142.00 360.00 -706.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 157878.00 157288.00 157878.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6044.00 6063.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.40 0.30 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.30 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.20 63.00 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.71 0.87 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.60 8.50 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 111.98 111.28 111.98 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.54 106.93 107.54 25.99 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7471.00 7225.00 7884.00 2157.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 7217.00 7248.00 7626.00 2264.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 53480.00 38845.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 23.59 23.46 23.59 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 22.19 22.13 22.19 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 5.20 5.45 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.70 2.00 0.20 percent [+]
Population 327.17 325.15 327.17 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Employment Rate 60.90 60.70 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 130789.00 130429.00 130789.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26974.00 26861.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Living Wage Family 2380.00 2270.00 2380.00 2160.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1660.00 1560.00 1660.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1960.00 1760.00 2340.00 1760.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4520.00 4330.00 4950.00 4330.00 USD/Month [+]


United States Nonfarm Labour Productivity

In the United States, the productivity of nonfarm workers is measured as the output of goods and services per hour worked. Labor productivity is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours worked of all persons, including employees, proprietors, and unpaid family workers. . This page provides - United States Productivity - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United States Nonfarm Labour Productivity - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
107.54 106.93 107.54 25.99 1950 - 2019 Index Points Quarterly
2012=100, SA




Country Last Previous
Australia 100.00 Jun/19
Brazil 117.56 Jul/19
Canada 106.30 Jun/19
Euro Area 105.20 Jun/19
France 103.59 Jun/19
Germany 98.20 Jun/19
Japan 97.00 Jun/19
Mexico 93.60 Jun/19
Netherlands 104.80 Jun/19
Russia 1.50 Dec/17
Singapore 99.50 Jun/19
South Korea 108.00 Mar/19
Spain 105.90 Jun/19
Switzerland 102.42 Jun/19
United Kingdom 100.90 Jun/19
United States 107.54 Jun/19


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