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Productivity up in wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and drinking places in 2015 


August 26, 2016
Labor productivity rose 1.6 percent in wholesale trade, 3.0 percent in retail trade, and 1.8 percent in food services and drinking places in 2015. Unit labor costs, which reflect the total labor costs required to produce a unit of output, also rose in all three industry groups. Full Text »
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