The Japan Productivity Center (Mr. Masayoshi Matsukawa, President) published 2011 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.
- Luxemburg had the highest labor productivity among OECD countries. Japan's labor productivity was $68,764 (7,660,000 Yen in 2010) and 20th among 34 OECD countries. This was an improvement after 2 years of decline and its rank also improved by 2 notches.
The country with highest labor productivity was Luxemburg (US$122,782 or Yen 13,680,000) followed by Norway (US$110,428 or Yen 12,300,000). The third country was the U.S. (US$102,903 or Yen 11,460,000). Japan's labor productivity in 2010 (value added nominal per worker) was US$68,764 (Yen 7,660,000 divided by the purchasing power parity). It was 20th among 34 OECD countries and the lowest among the 7 major industrialized countries. Japan's labor productivity increased US$3,776 (5.6%) from 2009 and its rank rose from 22nd to 20th.
- The labor productivity per hour of Japan in 2010 was $39.4 (4,389 Yen in 2010) and 19th among 34 OECD countries.
The labor productivity per hour was highest in Luxemburg at $76.0 followed by Norway at $75.4. Those two figures stood out from the rest. The labor productivity per hour of Japan was $39.4, 19th among 34 OECD countries and about the same level as that of Canada ($45.1) and Italy ($43.5.)
- The labor productivity of Japan's manufacturing sector in 2010 was 63% of that of the U.S. and 10th among 21 major OECD countries.
The labor productivity of Japan's manufacturing sector in 2009 based on ongoing exchange rate was $84,097 (7,660,000 Yen) and 10th among 21 OECD countries. This figure is similar to Luxemburg ($88,902) and Germany ($76,240) but only 63% that of the U.S. The rank of Japan, which was among the best in 1990s, kept on declining after 2000s.
- The labor productivity of BRICs countries: Russia was best at $38,638 and 46th, China was $11,612 and 82nd
Based on the figures of the World Bank, Russia had the best labor productivity among BRICs countries with US$38,638. China was US$11,612 with the rank of 82nd, but the figure grew by 2.3 times from 2000 to 2009 on nominal terms.