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Nonfarm business sector labor productivity decreased 7.3 percent in the first quarter of 2022, as output decreased 2.3 percent and hours worked increased 5.4 percent. This is the largest decline in quarterly productivity since the third quarter of 1947, when the measure decreased 11.7 percent. read more »
This article examines the revisions to the BLS labor productivity and costs estimates, with the goal of developing intervals to help data users better assess the size of the revisions. read more »
In this Beyond the Numbers article, we review the timeline for the development and implementation of new retail technologies in grocery stores. Then, check out the shifts in products and services offered by grocery stores over time. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the article looks at the trends in employment and hours to show how all of these factors influenced labor productivity in grocery stores. read more »
Labor productivity rose for most industries during the first decade of the millennium. The expansion of information technology that fueled rapid productivity growth during the 1990s continued after 2000, and improvements in IT hardware and software, mobile telecommunications, data communications, and the growth of the internet contributed further to productivity growth. read more »