US productivity increases 4.9% in third quarter

U.S. productivity increased in the July-September quarter but at a slower pace than in the second quarter

Via AP news wire
Thursday 05 November 2020 14:12 GMT
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U.S. productivity increased between July and September but at a slower pace than in the previous quarter.

Productivity advanced 4.9% in the third quarter, following an even larger 10.6% surge in the second quarter, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Labor costs fell by 8.9% in the third quarter after rising by 8.5% in the second quarter.

Productivity measures the amount of output per hour of work and is a key component in rising living standards

Economists had expected a slowdown in the third quarter after the big second quarter gain.

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