Government, Business

US Productivity Unexpectedly Posts First Decline Since 2015

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Productivity in the U.S. unexpectedly posted the first decline in almost four years and labor costs accelerated, suggesting a pickup in efficiency earlier this year was more of a temporary shift.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2019
Government, Business

US Productivity Climbs 2.3% in Second Quarter

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Productivity rose at a healthy pace in the second quarter but dropped at American factories, another sign of trouble for manufacturers.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
September 5, 2019
Government, Business

First-Quarter Productivity Rises 3.6% in Fastest Pace Since 2014

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Productivity gains in the United States accelerated by more than expected last quarter to the fastest pace since 2014, adding fuel to the Trump administration’s argument that its tax cuts are boosting the economy without stoking inflation.

May 2, 2019
Government, Business

Productivity Gains Exceed Forecasts Even as Output Cools

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Productivity gains in the U.S. last quarter exceeded forecasts though were little changed from the prior reading as output and hours worked both cooled, with efficiency improvements surpassing the recent average for a third period.

Jeff Kearns | Bloomberg News
March 7, 2019
Government, Business

Productivity Rises 2.3% in Third Quarter

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WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.3% in the July-September quarter, slower than the previous quarter but still an improvement over the weak annual gains of the past decade. Labor costs rose at a modest pace in the third quarter.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
December 6, 2018
Government, Business

Productivity Growth Slows to 2.2% Rate in Q3

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U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the third quarter, a slowdown from the previous quarter but still better than the lackluster gains of the last decade. Labor costs accelerated but remained at a low level.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
November 1, 2018
Government, Business

US Productivity Grew at Strong 2.9% Rate in Q2

Construction worker in Boston Elise Amendola/AP

WASHINGTON — The Labor Department on Sept. 6 affirmed last month’s report that U.S. productivity increased at an annual rate of 2.9% in the second quarter.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
September 6, 2018
Government, Business

US Productivity Posts 2.9% Growth in 2Q

Tractor-trailers move cargo out of the Port of Savannah. Tractor-trailers move cargo out of the Port of Savannah. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9% in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
August 15, 2018
Business, Technology

Artificial Intelligence: A New Look for Business Productivity Tools

While artificial intelligence is increasingly being applied on a massive scale to alter the very nature of how the world works, it turns out AI is also very good at making everyday drudgery disappear.

Joe Dysart | Webology 101
March 1, 2018
Business

Productivity Fell Last Quarter to Extend Sluggish Run

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Productivity in the U.S. unexpectedly fell for the first time since early 2016 as working hours slightly outpaced output, underscoring a sluggish pace of efficiency gains during this expansion, a Labor Department report showed Feb. 1.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2018

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