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Labor Productivity Shows Machines Are Not Replacing Humans

Created on July 20, 2015

Labor Productivity Shows Machines Are Not Replacing Humans

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If businesses were replacing human workers with machines at a faster rate than before, labor productivity growth would increase. However, as shown below, labor productivity growth has slowed since 2003.

Note: Data for 1974 begins with the fourth quarter. Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Haver Analytics, “Productivity and Costs,” Real Output per Hour, Non-Farm Business Sector.

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Tags: Technology, Job-Growth, Economics