Table 1
Business sector: Labour productivity and related variables for Canada and the United States1– Seasonally adjusted

Business sector: Labour productivity and related variables for Canada and the United States1– Seasonally adjusted
  Third quarter 2011 Fourth quarter 2011 First quarter 2012 Second quarter 2012 Third quarter 2012 Fourth quarter 2012 First quarter 2013 Second quarter 2013 Third quarter 2013
  % change from previous quarter
Canada                  
Labour productivity 0.9 0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.4 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.2
Real gross domestic product 1.9 0.5 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.6 0.5 0.8
Hours worked 1.0 -0.1 0.2 1.0 0.5 0.1 0.6 0.0 0.6
Hourly compensation -0.2 1.3 1.1 0.5 0.8 0.6 0.1 0.8 0.3
Unit labour cost -1.2 0.6 1.2 1.1 1.2 0.6 -0.0 0.4 0.2
Exchange rate2 -1.3 -4.2 2.3 -0.9 1.5 0.4 -1.8 -1.4 -1.4
Unit labour cost in US dollars -2.4 -3.6 3.4 0.2 2.8 1.0 -1.8 -1.0 -1.3
United States3                  
Labour productivity -0.0 0.8 0.3 0.3 0.5 -0.5 0.1 0.5 0.4
Real GDP 0.4 1.6 1.2 0.4 0.9 0.1 0.3 0.8 1.0
Hours worked 0.5 0.7 0.9 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.5
Hourly compensation 0.7 -1.2 2.1 0.5 0.2 2.4 -1.2 0.6 0.2
Unit labour cost 0.7 -2.0 1.8 0.2 -0.3 2.9 -1.3 0.1 -0.2
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Fourth quarter 2012 First quarter 2013 Second quarter 2013 Third quarter 2013
  % change from the previous year % change from same quarter of previous year
Canada                  
Labour productivity -0.6 0.2 1.8 0.9 -0.0 -1.1 -0.9 0.1 0.7
Real gross domestic product 0.3 -4.7 3.8 2.7 1.7 0.7 1.2 1.3 2.0
Hours worked 0.9 -4.9 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.8 2.1 1.2 1.3
Hourly compensation 2.9 2.5 1.4 3.4 2.9 3.0 2.0 2.4 1.8
Unit labour cost 3.5 2.3 -0.4 2.5 3.0 4.1 2.9 2.2 1.1
Exchange rate2 0.9 -6.7 10.3 4.1 -1.0 3.3 -0.8 -1.3 -4.2
Unit labour cost in US dollars 4.3 -4.5 10.0 6.7 1.9 7.5 2.1 0.9 -3.1
United States3                  
Labour productivity 0.8 3.3 3.3 0.4 1.4 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.5
Real GDP -1.2 -4.1 3.1 2.4 3.6 2.6 1.7 2.1 2.2
Hours worked -2.0 -7.1 -0.1 2.0 2.2 1.8 1.2 1.5 1.7
Hourly compensation 2.7 1.1 2.0 2.4 2.6 5.3 1.9 2.1 2.1
Unit labour cost 1.8 -2.2 -1.2 2.0 1.2 4.6 1.5 1.4 1.5
Calculations of growth rates are based on index numbers rounded to three decimal places.
The exchange rate corresponds to the Canadian dollar value expressed in US dollars.
US data are from Bureau of Labor Statistics, Productivity and costs: Third quarter 2013 published in NEWS, November 14.