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Table F.1 Business sector - Labour productivity and related variables for Canada and the United States

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Item Second quarter 2008 Third quarter 2008 Fourth quarter 2008 First quarter 2009 Second quarter 2009 Third quarter 2009
seasonally adjusted

Notes:

Source: U.S. data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Productivity and costs, published in NEWS.

Calculations of growth rates are based on index numbers rounded to three decimal places.

1. The exchange rate corresponds to the Canadian dollar expressed in U.S. dollars.

2. The change at annualized rates corresponds to the annual growth rate that would have been observed if the growth over the quarter had been the same for the whole year.

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, catalogue number 13-010-X.

Empty cell Percent change from previous quarter
Canada
Labour productivity
-0.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.2
Real GDP
-0.1 -0.1 -1.5 -2.1 -1.2 -0.1
Hours worked
-0.1 -0.2 -1.3 -2.0 -1.2 0.2
Hourly compensation
0.9 0.9 1.5 0.7 0.2 -0.3
Unit labour cost
0.9 0.8 1.7 0.8 0.1 -0.1
Exchange rate1
-0.6 -3.0 -14.1 -2.7 6.7 6.3
Unit labour cost in US$
0.3 -2.3 -12.6 -1.9 6.8 6.3
United States
Labour productivity
0.8 0.1 0.2 0.0 1.7 2.1
Real GDP
0.3 -0.9 -1.9 -2.3 -0.3 0.8
Hours worked
-0.5 -1.0 -2.1 -2.3 -1.9 -1.3
Hourly compensation
0.4 1.1 0.6 -1.2 1.6 1.4
Unit labour cost
-0.4 1.0 0.4 -1.2 -0.0 -0.6
Empty cell Percent change from same quarter of previous year
Canada
Labour productivity
-1.3 -1.0 -1.0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.4
Real GDP
0.0 -0.5 -2.2 -3.8 -4.8 -4.8
Hours worked
1.4 0.5 -1.2 -3.7 -4.8 -4.4
Hourly compensation
3.8 4.4 4.6 4.1 3.4 2.1
Unit labour cost
5.2 5.5 5.6 4.2 3.4 2.5
Exchange rate1
8.7 0.3 -19.0 -19.4 -13.4 -5.1
Unit labour cost in US$
14.4 5.8 -14.5 -16.0 -10.5 -2.7
United States
Labour productivity
2.6 1.3 1.1 1.1 2.0 4.0
Real GDP
1.4 -0.5 -2.8 -4.7 -5.2 -3.6
Hours worked
-1.2 -1.7 -3.9 -5.7 -7.1 -7.3
Hourly compensation
2.6 2.9 2.5 0.9 2.2 2.5
Unit labour cost
0.0 1.6 1.4 -0.2 0.2 -1.5
Empty cell Percent change from previous quarter at annualized rate2
Canada
Labour productivity
-0.0 0.6 -0.6 -0.4 0.3 -0.9
Real GDP
-0.5 -0.4 -5.8 -8.3 -4.6 -0.3
Hours worked
-0.4 -0.9 -5.2 -7.9 -4.9 0.7
Hourly compensation
3.6 3.8 6.3 2.8 0.7 -1.2
Unit labour cost
3.7 3.1 6.9 3.2 0.4 -0.3
Unit labour cost in US$
1.3 -8.9 -41.7 -7.2 30.2 27.6
United States
Labour productivity
3.1 0.3 0.8 0.2 6.8 8.5
Real GDP
1.1 -3.7 -7.2 -8.7 -1.0 3.1
Hours worked
-1.9 -4.0 -8.0 -8.9 -7.4 -5.0
Hourly compensation
1.6 4.5 2.6 -4.7 6.7 5.8
Unit labour cost
-1.5 4.2 1.8 -4.9 -0.2 -2.4