Americans Now Think A 40-Hour Work Week Is "Part Time"

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Americans consider a 40-hour work week as “part time” in most professional jobs and as a sign of a stagnant career, according to a recent study by the centre for American Progress.The financial reward for working longer hours has increased substantially in the past 30 years, especially for professional men.

The study, “The Poor, the Professionals, and the Missing Middle” says:

“The long-hours premium is particularly apparent in job categories with the largest earnings inequality within a given group. In other words, hours have spiraled up as men strive to ensure they don’t end up as ‘losers.'”

On the other hand, while 37 per cent of professional men work 50 hours a week or more, the number of middle- and low-income workers working 50 or more hours a week since 2006 has barely changed or lowered, signaling a declining job market and underemployment.

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