Americans Are Working Longer Hours

(Chicago Tribune/TNS) —

Americans might be called many things – but lazy isn’t one of them.

A Labor Department survey released this week found that Americans spent even more time on the job last year. On average, Americans logged 7.8 hours on the days they worked last year, up from 7.6 hours in 2013, according to the American Time Use Survey.

Men worked an average of 8.12 hours a day, while women spent 7.27 hours working. The disparity is largely due to a greater likelihood of women working part-time, the Labor Department said.

But while working men may have logged 51 minutes more on the job in 2014 than their female counterparts, the hours women worked grew at a faster rate, the survey found. In 2013, men worked an average of 7.97 hours a day, compared with 7.08 hours for women.

The extra work did not come at the expense of sleep; in fact, Americans slept more than they did anything else last year — an average of 8.8 hours a day.

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