PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH

PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH

Labor Productivity Index: Output per Employee (annual data)

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Productivity growth is the ultimate source for the increases of a nation's economic wealth and living standards. Transportation has been one of the leading sectors in productivity growth for the U.S. economy since 1955, when statistics on transportation productivity became available.

Productivity Index (1955=100) 1998 1999
Railroad   846    876
Railroad percent change from previous year -0.57   3.58
Pipelines*   658    677
Pipelines* percent change from previous year  1.51   2.77
Air   612    598
Air percent change from previous year -0.81  -2.17
Trucking   301    305
Trucking percent change from previous year -1.89   1.31
Business as a whole   222    229
Business as a whole percent change from previous year  2.57   2.96
Bus*   109     94
Bus* percent change from previous year 17.23 -14.00

* Data are for 1997 and 1998.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Productivity and Technology, Index of Output per Employee, All Published Industries, Oct. 19, 2001.