by Filip Jolevski, James Sherk
The Heritage Foundation
June 26, 2014
Backgrounder
During the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, employers cut many of their employees’ work hours. For most, the average workweek eventually returned to pre-recession levels, but that was not true for those at the bottom quintile of the wage distribution. On average, low-wage employees work one hour less per week than they did in 2007, forgoing $500 per year in income. This trend has significantly affected several industries and occupations. Obamacare will further reduce hours by increasing the costs of hiring full-time employees while discouraging workers from working full-time. Fewer work hours will impede income mobility for low-wage workers.



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