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International Wage Trends

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Internationally, a great deal of disparity exists in average annual hours worked in manufacturing. For example, in 1990. U.S. manufacturing workers put in roughly 300 hours more on average than their counterparts in Germany and France, but 177 hours less than workers in Japan. Between 1960 and 1990, average annual hours worked fell substantially in Japan and most parts of Europe, but remained roughly constant in the U.S. Over this period, Japanese workers consistently logged the longest hours.

Suggested citation: “International Wage Trends,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 95-12, pp. 18-19, 12.01.1995.

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