Labor productivity in the US non-farm business sector rose by an annualized 3.6 percent during the first quarter of 2019, beating market expectations of 2.2 percent and following a 1.3 percent advance in the previous three-month period. That was the strongest increase in productivity since the third quarter of 2014, as output grew 4.1 percent and hours worked were up 0.5 percent. Year-on-year, productivity rose 2.4 percent, the largest annual gain since the third quarter of 2010, reflecting a 3.9-percent increase in output and a 1.5-percent advance in hours worked. Productivity in the United States averaged 60.65 Index Points from 1950 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 106.99 Index Points in the first quarter of 2019 and a record low of 26.02 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 17.30 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
2018-11-01 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 3.6% 1.3% 2.2% 1.4%
2019-06-06 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Final 1.9% 3.6% 3.6%
2019-08-15 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Prel
2019-09-05 12:30 PM Nonfarm Productivity QoQ Final


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.60 3.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 263.00 189.00 1118.00 -1959.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 236.00 179.00 1092.00 -811.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 27.00 10.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 4.00 0.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 211.00 212.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1676.00 1664.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 275.00 151.00 360.00 -706.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 156645.00 156748.00 156949.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 5824.00 6211.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.80 63.00 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.80 0.78 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.30 8.80 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.69 109.94 109.94 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 106.99 106.06 106.99 26.02 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7343.00 6708.00 7484.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 7488.00 7142.00 7626.00 2264.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 40023.00 60587.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 23.31 23.24 23.31 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.19 4.22 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 22.04 21.96 22.04 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.70 0.70 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 60.60 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 129778.00 129969.00 130159.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26915.00 26938.00 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 May of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
106.99 106.06 106.99 26.02 1950 - 2019 Index Points Quarterly
2012=100, SA




Country Last Previous
Australia 100.30 Dec/18
Brazil 113.52 Mar/19
Canada 106.22 Dec/18
Euro Area 105.10 Mar/19
France 103.16 Dec/18
Germany 99.70 Mar/19
Japan 98.10 Feb/19
Mexico 110.00 Feb/19
Netherlands 105.11 Dec/18
Russia 1.50 Dec/17
Singapore 117.00 Dec/18
South Korea 111.50 Dec/18
Spain 101.80 Mar/19
Switzerland 101.99 Dec/18
United Kingdom 101.70 Dec/18
United States 106.99 Mar/19


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