February 24, 2017
Labor productivity is a measure of economic performance that compares output, or the amount of goods and services produced, with the number of hours worked to produce those goods and services.read full article »
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February 23, 2017
The union membership rate in the United States—the percentage of wage and salary workers who were members of unions—was 10.7 percent in 2016. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia had union membership rates below the U.S. average, while 23 states had rates above it.
February 22, 2017
In 2016, there were 15 major work stoppages, an increase from 12 major work stoppages in 2015. These work stoppages involved 99,000 workers, the most since 2012. These work stoppages resulted in 1,543,000 days idle, the greatest number since 2008. In the 70 years that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has collected work stoppages data, the decade from 2007 to 2016 had the lowest number of work stoppages on record, averaging approximately 14 major work stoppages per year.
February 21, 2017
Real (adjusted for inflation) average hourly earnings were unchanged from January 2016 to January 2017. Before adjusting for inflation, average hourly earnings increased 2.5 percent over the 12 months ending in January 2017. Over the same period, the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U), which is used to adjust average hourly earnings for inflation, also increased 2.5 percent.
February 17, 2017
From January 2016 to January 2017, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) all items index rose 2.5 percent, the largest 12-month increase since March 2012. The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.3 percent over the past 12 months, and the energy index increased 10.8 percent, its largest 12-month increase since November 2011. In contrast, the food index declined 0.2 percent over the last 12 months.
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