Worker productivity and private payroll gain modestly

U.S. worker productivity edged up in the first quarter, and the private sector added employees last month. However, improvement for both indicators is slowing. The Labor Department says productivity rose at a 0.5% seasonally adjusted annual rate in Q1. Payroll service ADP says private employers added 135,000 jobs in May, well below the monthly average of 200,000 between November and February.

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