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Belgium ranked second in productivity worldwide
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.