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Productivity decreases 0.9% in Q1 2020; unit labor costs rise 5.1% (annual rates)

06/04/2020

Productivity decreased 0.9 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the first quarter of 2020; unit labor costs increased 5.1 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity increased 0.3 percent and unit labor costs increased 6.9 percent.
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Productivity declines in 58 of 90 detailed manufacturing and mining industries in 2019

06/25/2020

Labor productivity decreased in 54 of the 86 NAICS 4-digit manufacturing industries and in all 4 mining industries in 2019. More than half the industries with declining productivity had growth in hours coupled with declining output.
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Productivity rises in 14 of 29 selected service-providing industries in 2019

05/28/2020

Labor productivity rose in 14 of 29 service-providing industries in 2019. Output increased in 17 industries in 2019 while hours worked increased in 18 industries.
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Productivity rises in 32 of 49 trade and food services industries in 2018

07/25/2019

Labor productivity rose in wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and drinking places in 2018. Within these sectors, productivity increased in about two-thirds of the NAICS 4-digit industries studied.
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