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Productivity Report

Productivity, tracked on a quarterly basis by the U.S. Labor Department, is a measure of worker output per hour. These numbers, along with labor costs, which measure what companies spend on workers, is another report often looked at in concert with the productivity report. Many of the gains in worker productivity, especially in the last year, have resulted from breakthroughs in technology. Improvements in efficiency can boost company profits, preventing corporations from having to pass costs on to the customer, triggering inflation.