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International comparisons of productivity growth, 1991 to 2008
Output per worker for UK and selected countries, 2008
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- Between 1991 and 2008, the UK experienced faster productivity growth (as measured by GDP per worker) than all other G7 countries. During the period, output per worker increased by 39 per cent compared with the G7 average (excluding the UK) of 29 per cent.
- A degree of caution should be taken when comparing the productivity estimates of individual countries. Differences should be only seen as significant when they reach a threshold of five percentage points. In 2008, GDP per worker was higher in the US and France than in the UK (by 33 per cent and 9 per cent respectively). Germany had a similar output to the UK in 2008, whilst Japan’s GDP per worker was eight per cent lower than the UK’s.
Updated: 30 July 2010