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US annual growth rate of business sector output per job


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Actual indicator available Annual growth rate of business sector output per job
Actual indicator available - description The measure describes the relationship between real output and one measure of labor input involved in its production. Measures of growth in output per job show the changes from period to period in the amount of goods and services produced per job. They reflect the joint effects of many influences, including changes in technology; capital investment; level of output; utilization of capacity, energy, and materials; the organization of production; managerial skill; and the characteristics and effort of the work force.
Date of national source publication September 2017
Method of computation
Periodicity Annual, quarterly available
Scheduled update by national source March 2018 (Preliminary annual data published February 2018)
U.S. method of computation Output per job is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of the number of jobs of all persons, including employees, proprietors, and unpaid family workers.
Comments and limitations Business sector output is based on GDP, but includes only a subset of the goods and services included in GDP. The business sector comprises about 75 percent of GDP since it must exclude those portions of the economy for which productivity measures cannot be constructed. General government, the output of the employees of nonprofit institutions and private households, and the rental value of owner-occupied real estate are excluded.
Date metadata updated October 2017
Disaggregation geography
Unit of measurement Percent change
Disaggregation categories
International and national references
Time period 1947-2016 available
Scheduled update by SDG team

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Indicator name Annual growth rate of real GDP per employed person
Target name Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value-added and labour-intensive sectors.
Global indicator description This indicator is a measure of labour productivity growth, which is computed as the annual growth rate of: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at market prices for the aggregate economy divided by total employment. Employment refers to the average number of persons with one or more paid jobs during the year.
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency ILO (Partnering Agencies: World Bank, UNSD)
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Organisation U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Agency Staff Name BLS Division of International Technical Cooperation staff
Agency Survey Dataset U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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