Posted May 4, 2017

Manufacturing productivity increased 0.4 percent

Manufacturing sector labor productivity increased 0.4 percent in the first quarter of 2017, as output increased 2.8 percent and hours worked increased 2.4 percent.

Output per hour decreased 1.1 percent in the durable goods manufacturing sector and increased 3.2 percent in the nondurable goods sector. Over the last four quarters, manufacturing sector productivity increased 0.3 percent, as output increased 0.9 percent and hours worked increased 0.7 percent.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nonfarm business sector labor productivity decreased at a 0.6-percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2017, as output increased 1.0 percent and hours worked increased 1.6 percent. 

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