Conference – 2011 Productivity: The Lost Decade

Table 2: Labour Productivity Growth by Sector
Australia and other economies
Sector Australia United States Euro area United Kingdom Japan South Korea
% per annum Diff % per annum Diff % per annum Diff % per annum Diff % per annum Diff % per annum Diff
1990–2000 2000–2007 1990–2000 2000–2009 1990–2000 2000–2007 1990–2000 2000–2009 1990–2000 2000–2007 1990–2000 2000–2009
Agriculture, hunting, forestry & fishing 3.6 2.7 −1.0   2.6 4.5 1.9 4.8 1.6 −3.2   3.1 3.6 0.5   2.4 0.8 −1.7   5.5 6.4 0.9
Mining & quarrying 5.4 −6.1 −11.5   3.3 −3.1 −6.5 4.4 1.9 −2.5   13.9 −2.0 −15.9   3.5 0.2 −3.3   5.7 6.3 0.5
Manufacturing 1.9 2.7 0.8   4.1 5.4 1.3 3.0 2.6 −0.4   2.8 4.8 2.0   2.8 0.3 −2.5   6.1 7.5 1.4
Electricity, gas & water supply 6.0 −4.5 −10.4   3.6 2.5 −1.1 4.4 2.7 −1.7   8.3 −0.5 −8.8   −0.6 1.3 1.9   6.0 6.4 0.4
Construction −0.2 3.3 3.5   −0.8 −4.3 −3.5 −0.2 −0.2 0.1   1.9 1.3 −0.6   −0.5 1.2 1.8   3.7 6.4 2.8
Wholesale & retail trade 4.0 2.0 −2.0   4.4 3.3 −1.0 2.0 1.1 −0.9   3.0 3.5 0.5   −0.5 1.2 1.8   4.3 5.3 0.9
Hotels & restaurants 1.0 2.0 1.0   0.5 0.5 0.0 0.1 −0.8 −0.9   0.3 1.3 0.9   0.5 0.5 0.0   4.8 −1.3 −6.1
Transport & storage 2.9 −0.5 −3.4   2.1 2.8 0.6 3.2 1.3 −1.9   3.4 1.7 −1.7   0.2 0.3 0.1   1.5 −5.3 −6.8
Post & telecommunications 5.8 5.2 −0.7   2.9 6.9 4.0 6.2 6.2 0.0   13.0 4.3 −8.7   −1.9 −3.2 −1.3   −1.3 −5.6 −4.3
Financial intermediation 3.8 1.7 −2.1   2.7 2.6 −0.1 1.9 3.5 1.6   3.9 4.4 0.5   1.7 0.3 −1.4   8.5 4.4 −4.0
Real estate, renting & business activities −1.3 1.3 2.7   −0.3 1.4 1.7 −1.2 −0.6 0.6   1.8 0.5 −1.3   1.6 −3.2 −4.8   7.8 6.8 −1.0
Public administration & defence 2.5 −1.0 −3.5   −0.1 0.8 1.0 1.5 1.5 0.1   0.0 −0.2 −0.2   0.4 3.2 2.8   2.5 0.5 −2.0
Education 0.6 −1.0 −1.5   −0.4 −0.8 −0.4 0.3 −0.6 −0.9   0.1 −2.0 −2.2   2.0 4.9 2.8   5.1 7.8 2.7
Health & social work 1.1 1.0 −0.2   −1.5 0.8 2.2 0.5 0.6 0.1   2.4 1.2 −1.2   3.1 0.3 −2.9   7.4 1.2 −6.3
Other services 0.4 0.2 −0.2   0.9 2.3 1.4 −0.2 −0.6 −0.4   1.3 −1.4 −2.7   3.0 −3.0 −6.0   3.8 5.3 −1.5
Total 2.2 1.2 −1.0   1.6 1.9 0.3 1.8 1.2 −0.7   2.7 1.7 −1.1   2.2 2.0 −0.3   4.9 3.7 −1.3

Sources: EU KLEMS (2009); author's calculations