Statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development say Americans work more than anyone in the industrialized world. International studies show Americans take less vacations, work longer days and retire later in life on average than people from any other first-world country.
The Bureau of Labor reports 6.5 million people in the U.S. work part-time because they can’t find full-time jobs and presumably would work more if they could.
A 2014 Gallup poll states the American “40-hour work week” actually is closer to 47 hours. The study said 50 percent of Americans reported working more than 40 hours per week, and 40 percent said they work at least 50 hours per week. Also of note, of the workers who claim to work at least 50 hours per week, half of them are salaried employees.