Labor productivity in the US non-farm business sector rose by an annualized 1.9 percent during the fourth quarter of 2018, beating market expectations of 1.6 percent and following a 1.8 percent advance in the previous three-month period. Output grew by 3.1 percent and hours worked by 1.2 percent. Year-on-year, productivity increased by 1.8 percent, reflecting a 3.7 percent gain in output and a 1.9 percent rise in hours worked. Considering 2018 full year, labor productivity rose by 1.3 percent, the most since 2010. Productivity in the United States averaged 60.50 Index Points from 1950 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 106.10 Index Points in the fourth quarter of 2018 and a record low of 26.03 Index Points in the first quarter of 1950.

Productivity in the United States is expected to be 106.26 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 107.09 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
2018-09-06 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Final 2.9% 0.3% 3% 2.9%
2018-11-01 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Prel 2.2% 3% 2.3% 2.3%
2018-12-06 01:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Final 2.3% 3% 2.3% 2.2%
2019-03-07 01:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ 1.9% 1.8% 1.6% 1.5%
2019-05-02 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Prel 1.9%
2019-06-06 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Final 1.9%
2019-08-15 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Prel


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.80 3.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 196.00 33.00 1118.00 -1959.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 182.00 28.00 1092.00 -811.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 14.00 5.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -6.00 1.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 192.00 197.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1653.00 1716.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 129.00 197.00 360.00 -706.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 156748.00 156949.00 156949.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6211.00 6235.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.10 0.40 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.40 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.00 63.20 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.80 0.78 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.80 8.90 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.78 109.25 109.78 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 106.10 105.61 106.10 26.03 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6708.00 7484.00 7484.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 7087.00 7625.00 7626.00 2264.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 60587.00 76835.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 23.24 23.18 23.24 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.20 4.24 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.93 21.91 21.94 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.70 0.80 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Population 325.72 323.41 325.72 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 60.60 60.70 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 129969.00 130159.00 130159.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26938.00 26878.00 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 High Skilled 4520.00 4330.00 4950.00 4330.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1960.00 1760.00 2340.00 1760.00 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 April of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
106.10 105.61 106.10 26.03 1950 - 2018 Index Points Quarterly
2012=100, SA




Country Last Previous
Australia 100.30 Dec/18
Brazil 120.65 Feb/19
Canada 106.22 Dec/18
Euro Area 105.20 Dec/18
France 103.16 Dec/18
Germany 99.80 Feb/19
Italy 104.90 Dec/17
Japan 106.90 Jan/19
Mexico 103.70 Jan/19
Netherlands 33.97 Dec/18
Russia 1.50 Dec/17
Singapore 117.00 Dec/18
South Korea 109.80 Sep/18
Spain 109.80 Dec/18
Switzerland 101.99 Dec/18
United Kingdom 101.70 Dec/18
United States 106.10 Dec/18


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