Almost 3 million Americans work for temp agencies, and almost half of those temporary workers have jobs in light industry or warehouses. That’s very unstable employment for a lot of those folks, sometimes in pressure cooker situations with inadequate training and health/safety risks. Another thing: temp workers make about $3.40 LESS per hour than typical 9-to-5ers in the private sector.
Gallup.com says the 40-hour work week may be a rarity. Full-timers in America say they work an average of 47 hours a week, and nearly 40% of them claim they work at least 50 hours. Americans work a lot more hours than Europeans do. Caveat: the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics mentions in a recent report that folks are likely to over-estimate how long they work—for instance, actual time-use diaries reveal that the hardy souls who claim they work 75 hours a week are really only putting in about 50 hours (!), seems like it’s easy to boast about putting in long hours….
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