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U.S. firms in China say their No. 1 fear is rising labor costs

U.S. companies operating in China cited rising labor costs as the biggest risk to their business in the country for the first time, the 2013 China Business Climate Survey Report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China, AmCham China,

US Labor Costs rise sharply in Q4

Labor costs rose at a 4.5 percent rate in the fourth quarter 0f 2012, the fastest gain since the first quarter of 2012. However, for all of 2012, labor costs were up a modest 0.7 percent. That compared to a

Worker productivity slows as labor costs rise in the final months of 2011

Labor costs increased at a 2.8 percent rate in the fourth quarter. That’s lower than the 3.9 percent rise in the third quarter, but much higher than the initial fourth-quarter estimate of 1.2%. Growth in U.S. worker productivity slowed at

America’s Productivity Boom

Of the 19 economies tracked by the BLS, only Taiwan managed to improve its unit labor cost position more than the United States did. U.S. workers can be placed at a competitive disadvantage because of low labor costs abroad. This disadvantage

Worker Productivity Rises, Labor Costs Fall
Cheap Labor in China Coming to an End

“We’ve seen our wage costs in China go up nearly 50 percent in the last two years alone,” said Charles Hubbs of Guangzhou Fortunique, which is a medical supply company for some of the United States’ largest health care companies.

Analysis: Eurozone Labor Costs Rose Faster Than Expected In 1Q

The annual increase in Eurozone labor costs accelerated sharply in 1Q to +2.6%, boosted by a pick-up in wage costs and especially employer payroll contributions, Eurostat said Monday. Most analysts had expected a more moderate annual rise of 2% at

U.S. Productivity Rises 2.6% in Fourth Quarter, Costs Fall (1) – Bloomberg.com

For all of 2010, productivity climbed 3.9 percent, the most since 2002. Labor costs fell 1.5 percent after a 1.6 percent decrease in 2009. It was the first back-to-back drop since 1962- 63, the Labor Department said. March 3 (Bloomberg)

U.S. productivity rises 2.6% in fourth quarter Economic Report – MarketWatch

For all of 2010, U.S. productivity grew at a 3.6% annualized rate — the fastest increase in eight years. The unit cost of labor, meanwhile, fell at a 0.6% rate in the fourth quarter. Unit-labor costs reflect how much it

U.S. Manufacturing Productivity Strong in 2009 – Real Time Economics – WSJ

The U.S. had the sharpest increase in manufacturing productivity — output per hour of work — in 2009 of the 19 industrialized economies for which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps data: 7.7%. via U.S. Manufacturing Productivity Strong in