U.S. nonfarm productivity grew at a faster pace than previously thought in the third quarter, but the underlying trend remained very weak.
The Labor Department said on Wednesday that productivity, which measures hourly output per worker, increased at a 2.2 percent annual rate and not the 1.6 percent pace it had reported last month.
Productivity expanded at a 3.5 percent rate in the second quarter.
The revision to third-quarter productivity was in line with economists' expectations and reflected upward adjustments to the third-quarter gross domestic product estimate published last week. The economy grew at a 2.1 percent rate in the July-September period.