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February 24, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

The compensation-productivity gap

Productivity growth and real hourly compensation growth, nonfarm business sector, selected periods, 19472009
Period Average annual percent change
Productivity Real Hourly Compensation


2.8 2.6


1.1 0.9


1.4 0.5


2.1 1.5


2.5 1.1

These data are featured in the TED article, The compensation-productivity gap.