WASHINGTON - The productivity of American workers rose in the third quarter at a slower pace than the prior three months, while labor costs accelerated more than expected, a government report showed Thursday.

Productivity, a measure of worker output for every hour on the job, rose at a 3.8% annual pace in the third quarter after a revised 6.1% second-quarter growth rate, the Labor Department said. Businesses reduced worker hours as output slowed in the third quarter.

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