Productivity and Technology Data

To provide and analyze data on productivity in major sectors of the U.S.

economy and specific industries and develop productivity and other measures for selected countries.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - Contact the nearest regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Quarterly labor productivity and cost measures for major sectors are published regularly. Multifactor productivity measures for major-sectors, and industry labor and multifactor productivity measures are published each year. International comparisons of productivity, compensation, and unemployment are also ongoing activities of this Office. Approximately 29 reports, studies, and articles were completed in fiscal year 2008, and 3,006 labor productivity and international comparative series were updated.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides for: (a) Productivity measures of output per hour of all persons for the business sector and for major sub-sectors; (b) multifactor productivity indexes (output per unit of combined labor and capital inputs) for private business, private nonfarm business, manufacturing, and major industries, and indexes of output per unit of capital; (c) multifactor productivity measures for selected industries including capital, labor, energy, materials, and purchased business services inputs; (d) industry measures of output per employee-hour, output per employee, unit labor costs, and related data for selected industries; and (e) international comparisons of productivity, labor costs, and the labor force and unemployment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Not applicable.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not applicable.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Not applicable.

Award Procedures

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Public Laws 54-249, 62-426, 71-537, 76-77, and 94- 206, 29 U.S.C. 1, 29 U.S.C. 2b.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


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Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


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Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and Expenses) FY 07 $10,995,429; FY 08 est $10,870,000; and FY 09 est $11,706,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

"BLS Handbook of Methods"; "Major Programs Bureau of Labor Statistics"; "BLS Publications on Productivity and Technology"; "Estimating Capital Inputs for Productivity Measurement: An Overview of Concepts and Methods"; "The Impact of Research and Development on Productivity Growth"; "Trends in Multifactor Productivity, 1948-81"; "Labor Composition and U.S. Productivity Growth, 1948-90"; "Monthly Labor Review."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the nearest regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Productivity and Technology, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20212. Telephone: (202) 691-5600. Contact: Office of the Associate Commissioner.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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