Chartist June 2013

Are We Truly Overworked? An Investigation—in 6 Charts

Americans are laboring less than ever. So why do we feel so busy?
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Complaining about working too much is an American birthright. It distinguishes us from the vacation-happy French and the paid-leave-loving Scandinavians. And in recent years, with wage growth falling behind the rising cost of essentials like health insurance and college tuition, and with technology dissolving the boundaries of the traditional workplace, Americans seem to be working more than ever. But the truth is that we are working less. So why do we feel so busy?

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