Labor Productivity Increased by 3.6% in Q1

Washington, DC, May 2, 2019-Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased 3.6% in the first quarter of 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, as output increased 4.1% and hours worked increased 0.5%.

From the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, productivity increased 2.4%, reflecting a 3.9% increase in output and a 1.5% increase in hours worked

The four-quarter increase in productivity is the largest since a 2.7% gain in the third quarter of 2010.