Thursday, March 26, 2015



IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies-----------------Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor--------------------Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


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Private nonfarm business sector multifactor productivity increased at a 0.9

percent annual rate in 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported

today. (See chart 1, table A.) This gain in 2013 reflected a 2.7-percent

increase in output and a 1.8-percent increase in the combined inputs of

capital and labor. Capital services grew by 1.7 percent, the largest gain

since 2008, and labor input - which is the combined effect of hours worked

and labor composition - grew 1.8 percent. Capital services per hour of all

persons decreased at a rate of 0.1 percent in 2013 after falling 0.8 percent

in 2012. The decreases in 2011, 2012, and 2013 are the only three years of

decline in this measure of capital intensity which began in 1987.

(See table 1.)


Multifactor productivity measures the change in output relative to the

change in capital and labor inputs used to produce that output. It is

designed to measure the joint influences of technological change,

efficiency improvements, returns to scale, reallocation of resources,

and other factors of economic growth, accounting for the effects of capital

and labor. Multifactor productivity annual measures differ from BLS

quarterly labor productivity (output per hour worked) measures because the

former also include the influences of capital services and shifts in the

composition of the workforce. Additionally, much of the source data needed

to construct multifactor productivity measures are not available on a

quarterly basis.


Private business sector multifactor productivity increased at a 1.1 percent

annual rate in 2013, reflecting a 2.9- percent increase in output and a

1.7-percent increase in the combined inputs of capital and labor.

(See table 2.)


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