Now raising intellectual capital
By John M. Berry
John M. Berry, who has covered the economy for four decades for the Washington Post and other publications, is a guest columnist.
Doing more with less is a corporate mantra that some say bodes ill for job growth. Data last week showed that productivity at non-farm business jumped at an extraordinary 9.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter.
Yet the sharp gains in efficiency are helping drive corporate profits and that could be just what’s needed to convince employers that it’s safe to begin hiring again.