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Belgium ranked second in productivity worldwide

A report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) has ranked Belgium second in the world for productivity per worker and second again for worker productivity per hour.

The report placed the United States at No.1 in the world in productivity per worker at $54,870 in constant 1990 dollars, about $1,500 more than Belgium. By contrast, productivity per worker in the United States was $10,000 higher than in Canada in 2000, and $14,000 higher than in Japan.

However, the US slipped to third place in productivity per hour, with French workers producing $33.71 of value added per hour on average, Belgium $32.98 and the United States $32.84.

The ILO report also noted that US workers are continuing to increase their working hours and have now added nearly a full week to their work year during the 1990s. They worked an average of 1,979 hours last year, an increase of 36 hours on 1990 to reach almost 49 1/2 weeks a year.

This is some three and a half weeks more than Japanese workers who had headed the list until the mid-1990s, around six and a half weeks more than British workers and about 12 1/2 weeks more than German workers.

Click here to read the complete study.

Reported by
7 September 2001

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