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Americans, On Average, Working Fewer Hours Than Previous Generation

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans are working less than the generation before.

The data shows that compared to 1964, when the average work week was 38 hours, the average work week in America is now 34 hours.

There are a few big reasons for the decrease in the average number of hours worked, say experts. First of all, part-time jobs have increased throughout the years, all those restaurant positions and shopping mall seasonal jobs. Second of all, people tend to stay in school for longer and retire or semi-retire earlier.

Many Americans are working part-time not because they want to, but because they can't find full-time positions, or that their jobs have been replaced by technology, eliminated, or outsourced.

The average leisure time an American reported having in 1965 was 35 hours. It is now 42 hours, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We spend the extra leisure time tuned to our televisions, says John Robinson, a sociology professor at University of Maryland.

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