Multifactor Productivity (MFP) measures the changes in output per unit of combined inputs. Indexes of MFP are produced for the private business, private nonfarm business, and manufacturing sectors of the economy. MFP is also developed for 18 3-digit NAICS manufacturing industry groups and 86 4-digit NAICS manufacturing industries, the air transportation industry, the railroad transportation industry, and the utility and gas industry.
May 06, 2008
Multifactor productivity grew at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the private
business sector, and 0.6 percent in the private nonfarm business sector in
2007. In both sectors, multifactor productivity showed a slight increase from
the previous year.
August 29, 2008
Multifactor productivity (output per unit of combined inputs) rose in almost
three out of five detailed manufacturing industries in 2006, slightly more than
in the previous year. Multifactor productivity also increased in the two
measured transportation industries.
Current Economic News Releases
- NEW Preliminary Multifactor Productivity Trends, 2007--Preliminary Published Data for Major Sectors. (HTML) (PDF)
- NEW Multifactor Productivity Trends in Manufacturing--Published Data for 18 NAICS 3-digit Manufacturing Industries. (HTML) (PDF)
- NEW Multifactor Productivity Trends for Detailed Industries--Published Data for 86 NAICS 4-digit Manufacturing Industries and two Transportation Industries. (HTML) (PDF)
Data on major sectors and 18 NAICS 3-digit manufacturing industries
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NEW Multifactor productivity data for 4-digit NAICS manufacturing industries and two transportation industries
Superceded historical multifactor productivity data for SIC manufacturing industries and railroad transportation
Analytic Tables and Charts
- NEW Technical Information About the BLS Multifactor Productivity Measures for Major Sectors and 18 NAICS 3-digit Manufacturing Industries (HTML) (PDF 130 KB)
- Overview of Capital Inputs for the BLS Multifactor Productivity Measures (HTML) (PDF 213 KB)
- Changes in the Composition of Labor (PDF 48K)
- "Preliminary Estimate of Multifactor Productivity Growth" (PDF 114 KB), by Peter B. Meyer and Michael J. Harper, Monthly Labor Review, June 2005, pp. 32-43.
An error in the multifactor productivity growth rate for 2003 appeared in the original article but it has been corrected in both the electronic and paper versions as of July 8th. Those who downloaded the earlier version should download the corrected version.
- "Multifactor productivity change in the air transportation industry" (PDF 73 KB), by John Duke and Victor Torres, Monthly Labor Review, March 2005, pp.32-45.
- "Multifactor productivity trends in manufacturing industries, 1987-96," PDF (91k), by Ziaul Z. Ahmed and Patricia S. Wilder, Monthly Labor Review, June 2001, pp.3-11.
- Multifactor Productivity Measures for Three-digit SIC Manufacturing Industries, 1990-99," (PDF 150K) Report 956, January 2002.
- Archive of MLR Articles on Productivity and Technology.
- BLS Handbook of Methods, Bulletin 2490, April 1997.
- "Productivity Measures: Business Sector and Major Subsectors," Chapter 10 of the BLS Handbook of Methods, BLS Bulletin 2490, April 1997, pp. 89-102.
- "Industry Productivity Measures," Chapter 11 of the BLS Handbook of Methods, BLS Bulletin 2490, April 1997, pp. 103-109.
- "Foreign Labor Statistics," Chapter 12 of the BLS Handbook of Methods, BLS Bulletin 2490, April 1997, pp. 110-121.
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