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The ZIRP Economy Unmasked: Zero Growth In Private Labor Hours Since 1998

• http://www.lewrockwell.com, By David Stockman
In that vein the BLS has just published the equivalent of a smoking gun. Namely,  a study showing that in 2013—the year of 32% stock returns—the business sector of the US economy generated no more labor hours than it did way back in Bill Clinton's blue dress period (1998) yet purportedly produced 42% more output in real terms:

"…workers in the U.S. business sector worked virtually the same number of hours in 2013 as they had in 1998—approximately 194 billion labor hours.1 What this means is that there was ultimately no growth at all in the number of hours worked over this 15-year period….. it is perhaps even more striking that American businesses still managed to produce 42 percent—or $3.5 trillion—more output in 2013 than they had in 1998, even after adjusting for inflation.

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