Despite recession, labour productivity rises by 10.8%.

Despite the economic recession, which led to massive loss of jobs in the country, the Labour Productivity Index rose by 10.8 per cent in 2016, data released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed.

The figure was contained in the Labour Productivity Report for the fourth quarter of 2016, which was released by the NBS on Thursday.

The report revealed that labour productivity increased to N783.51 in the fourth quarter of last year from N713.77 in the third quarter, N636.30 in the second quarter, N605.27 in the first quarter and N706.95 at the end of 2015

The report stated that the estimated total number of hours worked also increased by 0.48 per cent between the third and fourth quarter.

It attributed the increase in labour productivity to relative stability in power supply during the period, noting that the challenges of weak investment inflows affected the level of labour output.

The NBS report stated, “Quarter four 2016 saw a rise in labour productivity, the highest levels since Q1 2015. While the overall level of productivity was high, there were several challenges that generally impacted on output and labour, and indirectly on labour productivity, keeping it below optimal levels. Some of these issues faced during the quarter were issues that spilled over from Q1 through Q2 and Q3 2016.

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