What's the deal with mining?...
Ostensibly a post about inefficiencies in our health care system, this chart in a paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research also pints to good work by ag and manufacturing to increase productivity.
Any clues as to what the problem is in the extraction (mining) industry?
Meanwhile another chart illustrates the consequences of the productivity problem of our health care system: paying way too much for a system that places dead last among OECD countries. Note even our vaunted "speediness" is doubtful.
The other thing to remember about productivity is the faster it grows the fewer people are needed, as a rule.