US productivity up 2.3% in third quarter

FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2018, file photo, farmworkers pick melons in the early morning hours in Huron, Calif. On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Labor Departmen

FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2018, file photo, farmworkers pick melons in the early morning hours in Huron, Calif. On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Labor Departmen

FILE- In this Sept. 24, 2018, photo metal workers are silhouetted on the top of The Rise, a luxury apartment building under construction in Flagler Vi

FILE- In this Sept. 24, 2018, photo metal workers are silhouetted on the top of The Rise, a luxury apartment building under construction in Flagler Vi

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.3% in the July-September quarter, slower than the previous quarter but still an improvement over the weak annual gains of the past decade. Labor costs rose at a modest pace in the third quarter.

The Commerce Department says that the third quarter gain in productivity was revised up slightly from an initial estimate a month ago of a 2.2% gain. It marks a more modest advance than the second quarter's 3% annual rate of increase. Labor costs were up at a 0.9% annual rate in the third quarter following a decline at a 2.8% rate in the second quarter.

Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, has been weak throughout the current expansion.