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February 1995, Vol. 118, No. 2

Comparative manufacturing productivity and unit labor costs

Mary Greiner, Christopher Kask, and Christopher Sparks
Economists, Division of Foreign Labor Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. labor productivity growth rate over the 1979-93 period was matched or exceeded by 8 of 12 countries compared. However, U.S. unit labor costs rose less than the trade-weighted average for competitor economies. This article examines comparative trends in manufacturing output per hour, unit labor costs, and related measures in 1993.

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