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Hours worked per worker in industrialized countries 1979-2013

from David Ruccio



Americans, as we know, are forced to have the freedom to labor more hours than do workers in other advanced countries.

  1. JohnB
    September 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Man, checking the numbers per week on that graph makes me feel lazy.

  2. Herb Wiseman
    September 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Sweden seems to be an anomaly? Data gathering problem or something else?

    Correlate the American numbers with wealth changes. I wonder if many Americans feel that they are working harder but not getting ahead. Throw in productivity — a suspicious number and concept — and one has to wonder if the so-called improved and more competitive productivity attributed to technology is really the hours of work by Americans. Given that many of the countries on this list are purported to be increasingly more productive than the USA, then, can one conclude that only the Americans are not working smarter?

  3. Patrik
    September 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Sweden here – I don’t think it is an anomaly that the # of hours worked in Sweden has risen. In 1979, we had a socialist government and a work environment that was comparatively better for the workers. Unions had more power, etc.

    Now, in 2013, we’ve has a right-wing government for the last 8 years and reght-leaning politics for longer than that. Work environment is now comparatively worse for workers, unions have less power, etc. No wonder then if the # of hours worked have risen.

  4. Helge Nome
    September 18, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Poor Swedes

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