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2012
2011 International Comparison of Labor Productivity
(February 16, 2012)

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
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