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US nonfarm labor productivity stable in Q1

Labor productivity in the U.S. nonfarm sector was unchanged in the first quarter as both output and hours worked increased 1.7%, and unit labor costs rose at a slower pace than previously predicted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported June 5.

According to a prior estimate, nonfarm productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.6% in the first quarter. Year over year, productivity improved by 1.2% in the first quarter, as output climbed 2.5% while hours worked increased 1.3%.

Unit labor costs rose at an annual rate of 2.2% in the first quarter, compared to 3.0% predicted previously, as hourly compensation increased 2.2% and productivity remained unchanged. Year over year, unit labor costs increased at a rate of 1.1%.