Skip to comments.U.S. productivity sinks 2% in fourth quarter
Posted on 02/07/2013 6:14:58 AM PST by John W
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) U.S. businesses did not produce goods and services as efficiently at the tail end of 2012, the Labor Department said Thursday. Workers put in more time but companies barely increased their output.
Productivity fell at a 2.0% annual rate in the October-to-December period, according to the agencys preliminary assessment. The decline the sharpest in almost two years partly reverses a revised 3.2% gain in the third quarter.
Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected productivity to fall 1.5%, largely because growth in the fourth quarter contracted and hours spent on the job increased.
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Demedia: good news because companies will have to hire more to make up for lost productivity.
We don’t want productivity. Productivity contributes to Global Warming. Don’t you read the papers?
It’s another Unexpected Thursday.
This points to more layoffs.