August 26, 2009

Survey: Work week hours unchanged

The number of hours per week that Americans work hasn't changed much despite the current recession and the resulting job losses, a Gallup Poll says.

In a poll released Wednesday, Gallup said work hours reported by respondents are virtually unchanged from 2006, 2007 and 2008, with 45 percent of American full- and part-time workers saying they typically work 35 to 44 hours, while 25 percent said they work between 45 and 59 hours, 12 percent reported they work 60 or more hours and 17 percent saying they work less than 35 hours per week.

The results indicated that nearly half of self-employed Americans (49 percent) reported working more than 44 hours in a typical work week. That compared to 39 percent of American workers overall, 38 percent in government and in private business and 30 percent in nonprofit organizations.

The Gallup pollsters said that despite the recession and higher unemployment, the survey results indicate American worker is clocking about the same number of hours as in the past several years.

The poll included interviews with 528 employed adults conducted Aug. 6-9. The margin of error is 5 percent.