History of work hours per person vs. median income

September 16, 2009

The following chart shows the trend of average weekly work hours per person in the U.S. and the trend of CPI-adjusted median U.S. household income. Both quantities rose by about 25% over the last 45 years.

Average weekly work hours per person are calculated as weekly work hours aggregates (total workers times average hours per worker) divided by the total size of the population (including non-workers of all ages). CPI-adjusted household income is shown in 2008 dollars.

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