Less is Less

One reason the economy has been growing slowly is due to large productivity increases. GDP is 3% higher than before the bust, yet employment is down by 1.6%. Similarly, industrial production is 2% shy of its all-time high, yet capacity utilization is 4% below what it was on 12/07. As a result, spending on plant and equipment has been substantially delayed along with the concomitant rise in hiring.

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