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Release: Labour Productivity, Q4 2012

Released: 28 March 2013
  • On an output per hour basis, UK labour productivity fell by 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Market sector productivity fell by 0.6% on this basis, to its lowest level since 2005.

  • Output per hour fell by 0.8% in the manufacturing sector in the fourth quarter and at the same rate in the broader production sector. Output per hour in the service sector fell by 0.5% in Q4.

  • Whole economy unit labour costs increased by 0.5% in Q4 and were 1.8% higher than a year earlier. Manufacturing unit wage costs increased by 1.7% in Q4 and were 7.4% higher than a year earlier.

  • Estimates in this release are based on unbenchmarked jobs data for Q4. Benchmarked data will be published in the April 2013 edition of Labour Market Statistics and will be incorporated in the June 2013 edition of this release.

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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