OECD System of Unit Labour Cost Indicators
 
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This interface provides access to long time series of annual and quarterly Unit Labour Cost (ULC) and related indicators for a wide range of sectors including Total Economy, Industry, Market Services and the Business Sector. Unit Labour Cost data are updated at the end of each quarter and are compiled according to a specific methodology to ensure comparability across OECD Member countries. The Unit Labour Cost annual database also includes time series by sector for Exchange Rate Adjusted Unit Labour Costs, Labour Income Share ratios, Labour Productivity and Labour Compensation.

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Quarterly database

Annual database

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Variables included in the databases

Data is available for the variables listed below for the following economic activities: Total economy; Manufacturing (ISIC D); Industry (ISIC C_E); Construction (ISIC F); Trade, transport and communication (ISIC G_I); Finance and business services (ISIC J_K); Market Services (ISIC G_K); Business sector excluding agriculture (ISIC C_K). Some variables listed may not be available for all countries or economic activities.

Quarterly Unit Labour Cost Indicators Database:

  • Unit labour cost index and growth series: Raw, seasonally adjusted and trend-cycle
  • Total labour costs: Raw temporally disaggregated national currency series
  • Real output: Raw temporally disaggregate national currency series

Annual Unit Labour Cost Indicators Database:

  • Unit labour cost: Index, level and growth
  • Total labour costs: Level in national currency
  • Real output: Level in national currency
  • Nominal output: Level in national currency (volume)
  • Total employment to employees: Ratio
  • Exchange rate adjusted unit labour cost: Index and level (USD)
  • Labour income share ratio: Index and level
  • Labour productivity per unit labour input: Index and growth
  • Labour productivity per employed person: Index, growth, and level
  • Labour productivity per hour worked: Index, growth, and level
  • Labour compensation per unit labour input: Index and growth
  • Labour compensation per employee: Index, growth, and level
  • Labour compensation per employee hour worked: Index, growth, and level
  • Labour compensation per unit labour input indices ($US PPP adjusted): Index, and growth
  • Labour compensation per employee ($US PPP adjusted): Index, growth, and level
  • Labour compensation per hour ($US PPP adjusted): Index, growth, and level