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Poll: Only 31 Percent of Americans Work 40-Hour Week

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A recent report suggests that just 31 percent of people throughout the United States put in 40 hours of work per week.

The study, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, found that 40 percent of Americans work more than 40 hours, with 9 percent of people working more than 50 hours every week.

Conversely, 28 percent of the American populace works less than 40 hours a week, and 20 percent work, on average, less than 20 hours per week.

The majority of respondents told researchers that they felt they maintained a steady balance between work and the rest of their lives.

Meanwhile, the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000 last week. It’s the biggest increase in first-time applications in more than a year, a troubling sign if the trend lasts. But the increase likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.

A compromise budget bill, which is anticipated to pass the Senate this week, offers no extension of unemployment benefits.

New York’s Chuck Schumer says he believes most members of his party will back the $85 billion legislation all the same, and at least four Republicans will join them on passage. Schumer acknowledges Democrats are disappointed by the lack of extension, but says that will likely be taken up in a separate bill.

A total of 623 working Americans were polled by Rasmussen Reports on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12.

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