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Release: Labour Productivity, Q3 2012

Released: 03 January 2013
  • On an output per hour basis, UK labour productivity fell by 0.2 per cent in the third quarter of 2012. Market sector productivity fell by 0.6 per cent on this basis, to its lowest level since 2005

  • Output per hour in the services sector fell by 0.1 per cent in the third quarter. Output per hour fell by 0.9 per cent in manufacturing and by 1.2 per cent in the broader production sector

  • Whole economy unit labour costs fell by 0.1 per cent in the third quarter and were 3.3 per cent higher than a year earlier. Manufacturing unit wage costs increased by 0.1 per cent in the third quarter and were 6.2 per cent higher than a year earlier

  • ONS has published proposals for new measures of unit labour costs below the whole economy, including replacing the currently published series for manufacturing unit wage costs. A user group meeting to discuss these proposals will be held in February 2013

Labour productivity statistics in terms of output per worker, output per job and output per hour worked for the whole economy and a range of industries. The release also presents unit labour cost estimates, regional productivity estimates and experimental market sector productivity estimates.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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