Labor productivity and costs

In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, photo with Mount Rainier in the background, cranes and a cargo container ship are shown at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
November 06, 2019 - 12:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — American workers were less efficient in the July-September quarter, pushing down productivity for the first time since late 2015. With economic growth slowing, in part because the stimulus from Trump administration tax cuts is fading, many economists worry that worker productivity...
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In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, photo with Mount Rainier in the background, cranes and a cargo container ship are shown at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
November 06, 2019 - 8:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American workers were less efficient in the July-September quarter, pushing down productivity for the first time since late 2015. The Labor Department said Wednesday that productivity, a measure of economic output for each hour worked, fell 0.3% in the third quarter. The drop...
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In this July 24, 2019 photo, large cranes to unload container ships are shown at PortMiami in Miami. On Thursday, Sept. 5, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 05, 2019 - 8:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity rose at a healthy pace in the second quarter but dropped at American factories, another sign of trouble for manufacturers. The Labor Department said Thursday that overall productivity — output per hour worked — rose at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 2.3% in...
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In this July 24, 2019 photo, large cranes to unload container ships are shown at PortMiami in Miami. On Thursday, Sept. 5, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 05, 2019 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity rose at a healthy pace in the second quarter but dropped at American factories, another sign of trouble for manufacturers. The Labor Department says overall productivity — output per hour worked — rose at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 2.3% in the April-...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo a container ship is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
August 15, 2019 - 9:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity increased at a decent pace in the second quarter, a trend that could lead to higher wages if it continues. The Labor Department said Thursday that productivity — or output per hour worked — rose 2.3% in the April-June quarter, down from 3.5% in the first three...
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United Auto Workers President Gary Jones, left, and Ford Motor Co., Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett shake hands to open their contract talks Monday, July 15, 2019, in Dearborn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
July 15, 2019 - 1:24 pm
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's three automakers kicked off with the union president departing from the traditionally friendly tone by telling Ford executives that workers want a bigger share of the companies' record profits. While Ford executives...
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FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo, Gary Jones, president of the United Auto Workers union addresses delegates to the union's bargaining convention in Detroit. In recent years, Detroit automakers have been at relative peace with the UAW union because times have been good and profit-sharing checks have been fat. That all could change this week when talks open Monday, July 15 on new four-year contracts with the union representing 142,000 workers across the nation. Auto companies want to cut labor costs and end a gap with those at foreign-owned factories in the U.S. At bargaining convention in March, Jones told delegates that the union is raising strike pay and said the union would walk out if necessary. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
July 15, 2019 - 7:45 am
DETROIT (AP) — In recent years, Detroit automakers have been at relative peace with the United Auto Workers union because times have been good and profit-sharing checks have been fat. That could change this week as talks open on new four-year contracts with the union representing 142,000 workers...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee in Washington. Powell says the United States needs to find ways to address a decades-long slowdown in income growth and upward economic mobility. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
May 09, 2019 - 12:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday the United States needs to find ways to address a decades-long slowdown in income growth and upward economic mobility. In a speech at a Fed research conference, Powell said that incomes have grown more slowly for middle-class...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee in Washington. Powell says the United States needs to find ways to address a decades-long slowdown in income growth and upward economic mobility. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
May 09, 2019 - 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday the United States needs to find ways to address a decades-long slowdown in income growth and upward economic mobility. In a speech at a Fed research conference, Powell said that incomes have grown more slowly for middle-class...
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FILE- In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo a container ship is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Thursday, May 2, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
May 02, 2019 - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at a solid 3.6% rate in the first three months of this year, the strongest quarterly gain in more than four years and a hopeful sign that a long stretch of weak productivity gains may be coming to an end. The first quarter increase in productivity was more...
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