One of the drags on our nation's economic recovery is a sharp decline in the worker productivity rate.

According to the July 19 issue of The Economist, non-farm business productivity is averaging a little more than 1% annual growth since the recovery began. That's about half the annual growth average of 2.3% from 1947 to 2007. The worst numbers have been recorded in the last three years.

What's behind those dismal figures?

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