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Manufacturing & The Economy

Worker Productivity Up in First Quarter

Productivity increased 3.4% in the first quarter of 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor reported. From the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, productivity increased 2.4%, reflecting a 3.9% increase in output and a 1.5% increase in hours worked.

Manufacturing sector labor productivity increased 0.4% in the first quarter of 2019, as output decreased 2.0% and hours worked decreased 2.4%. Productivity declined 0.6% in the durable manufacturing sector, reflecting a 2.8% decrease in output and a 2.2% decrease in hours worked.

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