Labour Productivity: Apr to June 2016

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  • UK labour productivity, as measured by output per hour, grew by 0.6% from Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) of 2016 to Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2016. As a result, productivity on this metric has now returned to its pre-downturn level and has slightly exceeded it for the first time since 2008.
  • Extrapolating from performance prior to the downturn, output per hour was 17% lower than the pre-downturn trend in Q2 2016.
  • Output per hour in the services industries grew by 0.6% in Quarter 2 2016 when compared with the previous quarter and was 1.1% higher than a year earlier. Output per hour in manufacturing rose by 2.2% on the previous quarter and was 1.0% higher than a year earlier.
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