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December 04, 2019

Labour productivity of Canadian businesses rose 0.2 per cent in the third quarter of 2019 after 0.1 per cent growth (revised) the previous quarter. Growth in the third quarter is slightly slower than growth in the same quarter of 2018, when labour productivity grew 0.3 per cent. Real gross domestic product (GDP) of businesses increased 0.3 per cent in the third quarter with hours worked rising by 0.1 per cent.  Growth in total compensation per hour worked was up 1.3 per cent in Q3 2019.

Unit labour cost increased 1.0 per cent in Q3 after rising 0.6 per cent in Q2. 

Measured in US dollars, Canada's unit labour costs rose 2.3 per cent in the quarter after remaining unchanged in the second quarter. Unit labour costs in US dollars have risen 2.7 per cent since Q3 2018.

Note: Labour productivity, GDP and, unit labour costs cover the business sector only. Labour productivity is a measure of real GDP per hour worked. Unit labour cost is defined as the cost of workers' wages and benefits per unit of real GDP.

Statistics Canada.  Table  36-10-0206-01   Indexes of business sector labour productivity, unit labour cost and related variables

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