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Market watchers are cheering an increase in overtime hours in U.S. manufacturing sectors as a sign of a sustainable economic recovery. But in a technology-laden, efficiency-driven corporate environment, increasing labour power could quickly backfire by increasing investment that once again drives wage prices lower.

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