The Week Ahead

PRODUCTIVITY & COSTS

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. EST -- Output per hour worked in the nonfarm sector probably grew at an annual rate of about 2% in the third quarter after showing no gain in the second quarter. That's suggested by the unexpectedly strong rise in economic output last quarter. But even as productivity was increasing last summer, wages and benefits were advancing at a stronger pace. As a result, unit labor costs in the third quarter likely grew at a 2% pace, on top of a 3.7% surge in the second.

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