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2009 International Comparison of Labor Productivity
(December 22, 2009)

Japan Productivity Center (President, Mr. Tsuneaki Taniguchi) published 2009 International Comparison of Labor Productivity. The report compares the OECD and non-OECD countries based on the statistics of the OECD and the World Bank, respectively.

  1. Japan's labor productivity in 2008 was the lowest among 7 industrialized countries and 20th among 30 OECD countries.

Japan's labor productivity in 2008 (value added nominal per worker) was US$68,219 (Yen 7,950,000 divided by purchasing power parity). It was 20th among 30 OECD countries and the lowest among the 7 major industrialized countries. Japan's labor productivity increased $1,259 (1.9%) from 2007 (US$ 66,960) but the rank remained the same at 20th. The country with highest labor productivity was Luxemburg (US$116,627 or Yen 13,590,000) followed by Norway (US$110,347 or Yen 12,860,000). The labor productivity of Japan was 69% of the U.S.

  1. Due to worldwide economic contraction, 6 industrialized countries other than the U.S. recorded negative growth rate of labor productivity.

Japan's growth ratio of actual labor productivity in 2007 was -0.28%. It was 4th among the 7 major industrialized countries and 15th among 30 OECD countries.

  1. The labor productivity of Japan's manufacturing sector in 2007 was 14th among 25 OECD countries. Germany passed Japan to drop it from 13th to 14th.

The labor productivity of Japan's manufacturing sector in 2007 was US$80,400 (Yen 9,470,000,) the 14th among 25 OECD countries from which such data was available. Germany surpassed Japan, lowering Japan's rank from 13th in 2006 to 14th. Among major industrialized countries, Japan was 4th after the U.S., France and Germany. In percentage terms, Japan was 79% of the U.S.

  1. The labor productivity in service industry remained low in Japan and in G7 countries

The growth rate of actual labor productivity of Japan's service industry remained at annual rate of 1.61% in 2007. (The same rate of manufacturing industry was 5.55%, increasing the gap between manufacturing and service industries.) The same rate in G7 countries were equally unimpressive annual average of 0.6% to -1.6%.

  1. The labor productivity of BRICs countries in 2007: Russia was best at 53rd, Brazil was 66th, and China was 80th

Based on the figures of the World Bank, Japan was 26th at $67,018. Among BRICs countries, Russia had the best labor productivity with $29,580, raking itself at 53rd. Brazil's figure was $20,281 with the rank of 66th. China was $9,218 with the rank of 80th. (India's productivity was not measurable.) As for the actual annual growth rate of labor productivity between 2003 and 2007, China was 4th with 10.33%, Russia was 20th with 5.65%, Brazil remained at 62nd with 1.42%.

Statistical Report

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