WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity in the spring rose at the fastest pace since late 2013, while labour costs declined.
The Labor Department says worker productivity increased at an annual rate of 3.3 per cent in the April-June quarter. That was a rebound from the first quarter when productivity had fallen at a 1.1 per cent rate.
Labour costs fell at a 1.4 per cent rate in the second quarter, indicating that wages are not rising even as unemployment declines.
The 3.3 per cent productivity gain represented an upward revision from a month ago when the government had estimated a more moderate rebound of 1.3 per cent.
Even with the strong gain in the second quarter, productivity over the past year has increased by just 0.7 per cent, continuing a weak trend seen through this recovery.
Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press