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U.S. PRODUCERS' INVENTORIES

Inventories are reported in table III-6. U.S. mills typically maintain inventories of finished products at the mill, or in nearby warehouses, and provide just-in-time delivery to their customers.27

676,439

600,337

656,751

661,641

621,468

15.8

13.8

14.3

14.5

13.3

17.2

14.4

15.4

15.7

14.0

16.3

13.6

14.4

14.7

13.2

Source: Compiled from data submitted in response to Commission questionnaires.

Table III-6 Coated free sheet paper: U.S. end-of-period inventories, 2003-05, January-September 2005, and January-September 2006

Note.–Does not include EOP inventories of *** short tons of C1S CFS in 2003 and *** short tons in 2004 reported by ***.

Item

Inventories (short tons)

Ratio to production (percent)

Ratio to U.S. shipments (percent)

Ratio to total shipments (percent)

January-September 2005 2006

2003

Calendar year 2004

2005

U.S. PRODUCERS’ EMPLOYMENT, WAGES, AND PRODUCTIVITY

The average number of PRWs producing CFS paper rose irregularly from 7,390 workers in 2003 to 7,464 workers in 2005, or by 1.0 percent (table III-7). The number of hours worked dipped slightly from 2003 to 2004 and then rose in 2005 for an overall increase of 2.8 percent. The hourly wage rate decreased from $26.30 per hour in 2003 to $25.30 per hour in 2005. Each employment indice, except for productivity, fell from January-September 2005 to January-September 2006. Productivity increased on an overall basis from 2003 to 2005 and then rose by more than 15 tons per 1,000 hours from January- September 2005 to January-September 2006 to a period high. Unit labor coss fell consistently throughout the period examined.

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