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Americans work more hours than counterparts around the world – OECD, Erin McCarthy – ‘The U.S. needs to focus on improving well-being more broadly for its citizens, particularly as long working hours and stark income inequality are hindering quality of life, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development  said in its recent economic survey of the U.S. [OECD Economic Surveys: United States 2014]. It highlighted a notable divide between the levels of happiness among high-income and low-wage workers, and the difficulties many dual-earner families face. Much of what’s weighing on Americans’ quality of life is poor work-life balance, an area where the U.S. ranks particularly low. Americans’ working hours are among the longest in the OECD: 11% of Americans work 50 hours or more per week, compared to the OECD average of 9%. They also leave less time for fun, devoting less time to their leisure and personal care compared to their OECD peers.”

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