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Productivity (International Comparisons)

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will circulate in the Official Report a table showing the annual increase in productivity in the United States of America and

United States of America Annual percentage growth ratesUnited Kingdom Annual percentage growth rates
Output per person employed in whole economy at constant pricesManufacturing out per employeeOutput per person employed in whole economy at constant pricesManufacturing output per employee
(1)(2)(1)(2)
1970 to 1971+2·7+6·5+4·0+3·5
1971 to 1972+3·0+6·3+2·3+5·7
1972 to 1973+2·3+3·3+5·4+7·6
1973 to 1974-2·9+0·4-2·1-2·2
1974 to 1975+0·4-2·2-1·2-1·3
1975 to 1976+2·4+8·0+4·3+4·8
1976 to 1977+1·3+2·7+0·7-0·1
(1) Gross domestic product in purchasers' values at 1975 values and 1975 exchange rates per person employed.
(2) Manufacturing output at constant 1975 prices per manufacturing wage earner and salaried employee.
Source: OECD.
The United Nations' "Statistical Yearbook"—a copy of which is in the Library of the House—provides information from which comparisons between the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the principal East European countries for manufacturing productivity might be derived. However, because of inconsistencies in coverage and definitions between the countries' data, it would involve disproportionate cost of provide and validate such estimates.