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Monthly ILC reports discontinued; related data available via other programs   

Monthly reports on consumer prices and employment have been discontinued as part of the International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program. Due to technical issues, the transition of monthly ILC data to the (subscription-based) Business Cycle Indicators program will be postponed until Spring 2015. Until that time, underlying data tables on monthly consumer prices and employment will continue to be published on the ILC site (see Monthly International Indexes of Consumer Prices and International Unemployment Rates and Employment Indexes). The next update with data through December 2014 will be posted in February 2015.

International Labor Comparisons

Charting International Labor Comparisons, 2014

21 Mar. 2014

Compare national labor markets and international competitiveness through charts and accompanying insights. Charts highlight labor costs, labor productivity, and other comparable indicators for up to 38 countries, including emerging economies.  Learn More


Labor Force, Employment, and Unemployment

Monthly Unemployment Rates and Employment Indexes, 2007-2014 (updated monthly)

11 Dec. 2014

Italy and Sweden experienced an increase in joblessness while the United States, Germany and Canada saw a decline in unemployment. Meanwhile, employment in Italy and Japan remained below pre-recession levels.  Learn More

International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics, 1970-2013

28 Aug. 2014

In the US, Canada, Germany, and Japan, rapidly falling unemployment rates reflect tightening labor markets. In contrast, high unemployment and increasing labor participation rates in Europe has resulted in an excess of available labor willing to fill jobs. Across most countries, growing numbers of women and older workers are joining the workforce, while youth are struggling to find jobs and increasingly dropping out of the labor force.  Learn More


Hourly Compensation Costs (Wages and Benefits)

Updated.  International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in the Manufacturing Sector, 1996-2013

17 Dec. 2014

Relative to 2012, Japan, Greece, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, Canada and Taiwan all saw decreases in US dollar-denominated hourly compensation costs, reflecting improved labor-cost competitiveness against the US in 2013. There is also a wide disparity of labor-cost trends within the Euro Area, as European labor markets recover differently. Further, the latest compensation trends suggest that India is better placed than China to maintain and extend its manufacturing competitiveness.

Compensation costs by sub-manufacturing industry and special estimates on manufacturing compensation in China and India are accessible in time series tables and interactive dashboards.  Learn More


Productivity and Unit Labor Costs

International Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity & Unit Labor Costs Trends, 2012

17 Dec. 2013

In 2012, productivity weakened in 12 of the 19 economies compared. Nearly all Euro Area countries compared saw larger declines in unit labor costs than the US, meaning these countries increased their competitive edge against US manufacturing. On the other hand, unit labor costs rose across all Asian economies compared, making manufacturing in these countries less competitive. Learn more.


Consumer Prices

Monthly International Indexes of Consumer Prices, (Updated Monthly)

04 Dec. 2014

In October, inflation trends within Europe were largely mixed. Italy experienced rising prices for the first time since June 2014, while Spain continued in a deflationary environment. Meanwhile, inflation slowed substantially in Japan.  Learn more.


International Indexes of Consumer Prices, 2013

15 Apr. 2014

Average annual inflation in 2013 slowed in 13 of the 16 economies compared, and most economies experienced declining inflation for the second year in a row. Inflation in the Euro Area as a whole fell from 2.5 percent in 2012 to 1.3 percent in 2013, reflecting the sluggish economic conditions in member countries throughout the year. Learn more.



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International and Labor Market Webcasts

 Global Economic Outlook 2015: Results and Implications

 12 November, 2014 | KnowlEdge Series®

 Learn how the global economy may affect your business. Discover how  corporate profitability may be affected under the influence of global    economic (and policy) forces around the world and plan your response with  help from our economists.


 New Developments in Executive Compensation

 30 October, 2014 | Special Webcast

 How does your executive compensation practice compare? Join us and find  out as we uncover the results of our annual Top Executive Compensation  survey of over 2,000 US-listed companies.


 The Long Soft Fall in China's Economic Growth Cover

 22 October, 2014 | KnowlEdge Series®

 How will the long fall in China's growth impact risks and opportunities for  business?


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Discontinued ILC Series

International Comparisons of GDP per capita & per hour worked, 2012

17 Dec. 2013

 XLS Time Series tables, 1960-2012

 PDF  Technical Notes

 Ongoing Related Series: See The Conference Board Total Economy DatabaseTM (TED) for international comparisons of GDP, population, employment, hours worked, labor quality, capital services, labor productivity, and total factor productivity for 123 countries.


About the International Labor Comparisons Program

Formerly a division of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program prepares economic indicators that are comparable across countries. Often statistics from different countries are not comparable and do not allow for meaningful comparative analysis. In contrast, ILC adjusts economic statistics to facilitate meaningful and accurate comparisons between countries by using a common conceptual framework. These data can be used to evaluate the economic performance of one country relative to others.

ILC was eliminated by the federal government in 2013 due to across-the-board spending cuts. ILC produces internationally comparative datasets using the same concepts and methodology as those previously used by BLS. For historical data see

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