Thirty-four and a half hours just ain't enough.
"People need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more income for their families," Jeb Bush told the editorial board of the New Hampshire Union Leader. Bush said the extra hours were needed to achieve his goal of 4 percent economic growth.
People are still struggling through this "anemic recovery," he said, and they need a chance to work longer hours. Looking at the data, it looks like Americans are working exactly the same amount as they were before the recession.
In fact, Americans work an average of 34.5 hours per week, a number in line with hours worked before the recession, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only are the hours equally long, but we're being more productive. Productivity per hour has been at an all-time high in recent quarters: Output in the first quarter of 2015 was 11 percent greater than Q1 2006.
In February, post-recession hours worked peaked at 34.6 and have stayed above 34 hours since March 2010. In the depths of the downturn, they hit a seasonally adjusted average of 33.7 hours in June 2009.