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Productivity stood still in 3rd quarter, US says

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics said Monday that worker productivity in the nonfarm business sector showed no change from July 1 to Sept. 30. It was the first time since the second quarter of 1982 that there has been no improvement in this economic barometer, another sign of a slowdown in the nation's economy.

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The report did show, however, that when agriculture was included in the efficiency gauge, overall US private business productivity advanced at an annual rate of 1.7 percent.


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