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June 2010

Nonmanufacturing industry contributions to multifactor productivity, 1987-2006

Michael Harper, Bhavani Khandrika, Randal Kinoshita, Steven Rosenthal

To overcome data deficiencies in measuring trends in U.S. nonmanufacturing productivity, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Census Bureau have expanded and improved the measurement of service sector and other data; even with these changes, many nonmanufacturing industries continue to exhibit negative productivity trends.

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