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Indicators of Hourly Labor Costs

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Indicators of Hourly Labor Costs For Production Workers in Manufacturing, Selected Countries, 2004

Labor Costs                             Labor Costs

(in $ U.S.)                                     (As a % of U.S. Labor Cost)

United States 22.87                                       100
Canada 21.42                                         94
France 23.89                                       104
Germany 32.53                                       142
Italy 20.48                                         90
Japan                                      21.90                                         96
United Kingdom 24.71                                       108
Hong Kong 5.51                                         24
Korea 11.52                                         50
Mexico 2.50                                          11
Singapore 7.44                                         33
Sri Lanka 0.51                                           2

Labor costs in other countries are converted to U.S. dollars at the market exchange rate.
Labor costs include wages and fringe benefits.
Bureau of Labor Statistics:  ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/ForeignLabor/industrynaics.txt (9/26/06)