3-7-18 8:56 AM EST | Email Article

By Paul Vieira


OTTAWA--Canadian labor productivity climbed 0.2% in the fourth quarter, Statistics Canada said Wednesday. As a result, productivity for 2017 rose 2.1%, or the best performance in three years.

The data agency added Canadian productivity rose at a faster pace than the U.S. -- up 1.2% in 2017 -- for a second straight year.

In the fourth-quarter, Canadian unit labor costs rose 1.5%, while hours worked climbed 0.2%. Canada's gross domestic product rose at an annualized 1.7% pace in the October-to-December period.

In comparison, U.S. productivity fell 0.2% in the fourth quarter.


Write to Paul Vieira at paul.vieira@wsj.com


(END) Dow Jones Newswires

March 07, 2018 08:56 ET (13:56 GMT)

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