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Productivity surge helps explain economy's surprising resilience

Robots and happy workers

BY PAUL WISEMAN Associated Press
Posted 2/23/24

Trying to keep up with customer demand, Batesville Tool & Die began seeking 70 people to hire last year. It wasn't easy. Attracting factory workers to a community of 7,300 in the Indiana countryside was a tough sell, especially having to compete with big-name manufacturers nearby like Honda and Cummins Engine.

Job seekers were scarce.

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