US productivity increases by the most in more than a year

  • Boeing quality assurance employee Kurt Ottenheimer, on the second shift, works inside the main cargo deck of a 767-300F being built for FedEx, at the Everett factory on Jan. 26 in Washington. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times/TNS)

U.S. productivity surged last quarter by the most in more than a year, reflecting a sharp acceleration in economic output, while labor costs growth cooled.