Ocasio-Cortez is Wrong: We’re Not Working 80-Hour Weeks Now

by Ryan McMaken
Mises.org

It has become nearly commonplace for pundits and politicians to claim that Americans are working more than ever before; that they’re working more jobs, and working longer hours — all for a lower income.

During the Democratic debates this summer, for instance, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio claimed “the economic system now force[s] us to have two or three jobs just to get by.” Kamala Harris made similar comments.

These claims echo statements from Elizabeth Warren in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In a July 2018 interview, Ocasio-Cortez insisted “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.” That same month, Warren stated “people” are “working two, three, or four jobs to try to pay the rent and keep food on the table.”

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