Labour productivity growth in the total economy
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Last update: November 28, 2013 .

Any questions, suggestions or comments can be sent to
productivity.contact@oecd.org.

Note to users: At the beginning of 2012, GDP per hour worked was significantly revised for a large number of OECD countries. Revisions are mainly due to the implementation of the classification NACE Rev.2 by European countries into their national accounts, the change of reference year in some OECD member countries, along with the possible implementation of other methodological changes.
These changes can impact on output and/or labour input at the whole economy level, and can also have an effect on the growth in Multi-factor productivity (see MFP dataset under Productivity theme); therefore, care should be taken when using the productivity estimates hereafter.

What is new in this version? latest annual estimates for Australia are included, as well as historical updates for Denmark's total hours worked for the complete period 1970-2012.

For any information, please refer to the OECD Productivity database internet page.

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Labour productivity is defined as GDP per hour worked.

Underlying series of Gross Domestic Product refer to GDP in national currency, at constant prices, OECD base year 2005 for each country; and to GDP, in US dollars, at constant prices, constant PPPs, OECD base year 2005 for country groups / zones.

Labour input is defined as total hours worked by all persons engaged. The data are derived as average hours worked (from the OECD Employment Outlook, OECD Annual National Accounts, OECD Labour Force Statistics and national sources) multiplied by the corresponding and consistent measure of employment for each particular country.

The measures of labour productivity are presented as indices and as rates of change (see graphic hereafter on LP growth per country).

Main data sources used are: OECD Annual National Accounts, OECD Employment Outlook, OECD Labour Force Statistics and some national sources.

Underlying sources used for estimating employment and hours worked data are summarized in the document below.

Users can download the whole database from the OECD.STAT export menu: go to "Export" and "Ready-Made Files".

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OECD 34 countries, the Russian Federation and a few geographical / economic zones. Some data for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa are also presented.

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Labour productivity growth in the total economyContact person

Last update: November 28, 2013 .<br><br> Any questions, suggestions or comments can be sent to productivity.contact@oecd.org. <br><br>Note to users: At the beginning of 2012, GDP per hour worked was significantly revised for a large number of OECD countries. Revisions are mainly due to the implementation of the classification NACE Rev.2 by European countries into their national accounts, the change of reference year in some OECD member countries, along with the possible implementation of other methodological changes. <br> These changes can impact on output and/or labour input at the whole economy level, and can also have an effect on the growth in Multi-factor productivity (see MFP dataset under Productivity theme); therefore, care should be taken when using the productivity estimates hereafter.<br> <br> What is new in this version? latest annual estimates for Australia are included, as well as historical updates for Denmark's total hours worked for the complete period 1970-2012. <br> <br> For any information, please refer to the OECD Productivity database internet page.

OECD Productivity internet pagehttp://www.oecd.org/std/productivitystatistics/
Other data characteristics

Labour productivity is defined as GDP per hour worked.<br><br> Underlying series of Gross Domestic Product refer to GDP in national currency, at constant prices, OECD base year 2005 for each country; and to GDP, in US dollars, at constant prices, constant PPPs, OECD base year 2005 for country groups / zones.<br><br> Labour input is defined as total hours worked by all persons engaged. The data are derived as average hours worked (from the OECD Employment Outlook, OECD Annual National Accounts, OECD Labour Force Statistics and national sources) multiplied by the corresponding and consistent measure of employment for each particular country.<br><br> The measures of labour productivity are presented as indices and as rates of change (see graphic hereafter on LP growth per country).<br><br> Main data sources used are: OECD Annual National Accounts, OECD Employment Outlook, OECD Labour Force Statistics and some national sources.<br><br> Underlying sources used for estimating employment and hours worked data are summarized in the document below. <br> <br> Users can download the whole database from the OECD.STAT export menu: go to "Export" and "Ready-Made Files".

Sources for employment and hourshttp://stats.oecd.org/wbos/fileview2.aspx?IDFile=8090ff7d-9686-4b08-a1ad-6f42be237683
Geographic coverage

OECD 34 countries, the Russian Federation and a few geographical / economic zones. Some data for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa are also presented.

Recommended uses and limitations

Methodological publication, OECD, Manual on Measuring Productivity.

Other comments

Statistical / analytical publication:

OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicatorshttp://www.oecd.org/std/productivity-stats/2013CompProdInd_fin_workshop.pdf