Labour productivity statistics: 2019 quarter 4

Estimates of labour productivity for Scotland’s onshore economy up to the fourth quarter of 2019 (October-December).

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Headline results

  • In 2019 Quarter 4, labour productivity in Scotland, measured by output per hour worked, has increased by 0.8% compared to the same quarter last year.
  • Compared to the previous quarter, labour productivity is estimated to have grown by 0.2% in 2019 Quarter 4.
  • In 2019, annual labour productivity increased by 0.5% compared to 2018, following an increase of 3.2% in 2018 and a decrease of 0.6% in 2017.

What’s included in this release

Labour productivity measures the amount of economic output that is produced, on average, by each unit of labour input, and is an important indicator of economic performance.

This publication contains a brief summary of the key results from the latest productivity statistics, focussing in on the headline measures of change in output per hour worked.

To aid comparability with other economic measures for Scotland and the UK as a whole, this publication reports growth rates for the latest quarter and compared to the same quarter a year ago. The key results are presented in real terms, i.e. where the effect of price changes has been removed to allow for meaningful comparisons over time. Estimates are for Scotland’s onshore economy.


Full results including estimates of output per job, current price productivity measures (not adjusted for price changes) and experimental estimates of labour productivity by industry are available in online tables.

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Statistician: John Dowens


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