The Week Ahead

PRODUCTIVITY AND COSTS Tuesday, May 5, 10 a.m.

Output per work hour at nonfarm businesses likely increased at about a 1% annual rate in the first quarter, following a stronger 1.9% rise in the fourth quarter. That's suggested by a 1% gain in total hours worked and the 2% advance in real gross domestic product. As a result, unit labor costs in the nonfarm sector were probably up at a 2.5% clip last quarter, after edging up by just 0.9% in the fourth.

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