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Labor Day exhausted: 40-hour work week grows to 47-60 hours

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The old “9 to 5” work week is becoming about as obsolete as the American Dream.

A new Gallup poll finds that economically-stressed Americans are now working an “average” of 47 hours, with a growing number clocking 60 hours or more.

“Adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours per week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails. In fact, half of all full-time workers indicate they typically work more than 40 hours, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours,” said Gallup, based on their 2014 Work and Education survey.

Full time workers:

— Less than 40 hours per week, 8 percent.

— 40 hours, 42 percent.

— 41-49 hours, 11 percent.

— 50-59 hours, 21 percent.

— 60 hours or more, 18 percent.

Gallup said that salaried workers are putting in more hours, on average five hours more per week, 49 vs. 44 for hourly workers.

That comes with a cost. “While workers earning a salary may enjoy greater income than their counterparts who are paid hourly, they do pay a price in lost personal time,” said Gallup.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.