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’Tis the season

Does your company hire seasonal employees? No: 60% Yes: 40%Which time of year does your company rely on seasonal employees the most? Summer: 50% Spring: 25% Winter: 25% Fall: 0%What...

Polaris MEP to host upcoming session on productivity, capital equipment

PROVIDENCE – Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership will host a free workshop on company productivity and capital equipment on Thursday from 8-9:30 a.m.The breakfast event...

Summertime

Does your company offer perks to employees during the summer months? (Y/N) Yes: 100% No: 0%What perks does your company offer during the summer months? (Select...

Is ‘Game of Thrones’ killing – office productivity?

Why didn’t Jon Snow pet Ghost? What was he thinking? He hugged everyone – Gilly, Sam, the big redheaded Wildling – but no love...
UNITED STATES nonfarm business employee output per hour increased at a 1.9 percent annualized rate in the fourth quarter. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

U.S. productivity gains exceed forecasts even as output cools

NEW YORK - Productivity gains in the United States last quarter exceeded forecasts though were little changed from the prior reading as output and...
UNITED STATES productivity rose 1.3 percent year over year in the July-September period. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

U.S. productivity posts best back-to-back quarters since 2015

NEW YORK - Productivity gains in the United States posted the best back-to-back quarters since 2015, echoing a pickup in economic growth and offering some...

U.S. choosing slow economic growth

It worked in the 1990s: The U.S. economy continued to grow strongly for several years even after it showed signs of capacity constraints and...

Productivity in U.S. climbs 2.9%, fastest pace in 3 years

NEW YORK - Productivity gains in the United States accelerated by more than expected to the fastest pace since 2015 while labor costs fell, amid...
IT IS NOT CLEAR WHY, but despite rising employment and a growth in the labor force, wages in the United States are not climbing at the rate that many think it should. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO

Opinion: Emotions and economics explain stagnant wages

NEW YORK – The labor market appears to be quite strong, judging by June’s unemployment figures. The rate ticked up in June to 4...
THE UNITED STATES trade deficit narrowed to $49 billion in March. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TIME RUE

U.S. trade gap narrows, claims remain low, productivity tepid

NEW YORK - The United States trade deficit narrowed in March by the most in two years, while last week’s unemployment filings were below...
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