Risk aversion, high unemployment, growth slowdowns, recessions, and geopolitical crises in key global economies are just a few of the factors holding back global growth. Overall, tighter financial conditions are leading to stock market corrections and a loss of confidence.
The Department of Labor’s final rule on overtime regulations will influence how an estimated 4.2 million American workers are paid during the first year of implementation, which starts December 1, 2016.
This week’s labor market reports were almost as bleak as the weather. If anyone was not aware or simply doubted that we have a big problem with a deteriorating productivity picture, then the report for the first quarter of 2016
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Economic Environment, Labor, Money & Finance, GDP
When discussing employment data, it is imperative to remember that manufacturing is more productive than other sectors. In my report, I note that it takes about 5.8 full-time equivalent manufacturing jobs to achieve $1 million in value-added, versus 7.7 for both transportation and services and 16.9 for retail trade.
The manufacturing sector’s superior productivity growth is persistent over time, creating a large productivity gap between manufacturing and other sectors of the economy. The sector isefficientin delivering value-added—it takes about 5.8 full-time equivalent (FTE) manufacturing jobs to achieve $1 million in value-added, compared with 7.7 FTE jobs for both transportation and services and 16.9 for retail trade. Without manufacturing, our standard of living would stagnate.