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Stop laboring on Labor Day [Commentary]

Stop laboring on Labor Day [Commentary]

Ask some neighbors or colleagues about their Labor Day weekend tomorrow, and prepare to hear how busy it was. Several malls featured back to school sales, kids had a baseball tournament, lots of e-mails to catch up with at work, and the house needed some cleaning. We're too busy, goes the lament, to enjoy free time.

Yet social scientists claim that the average work week for full-time employees since 1970 has fluctuated between 39 and 41 hours. This claim does include a range of variations. For every doctor or police officer who puts in an extra shift, there is a nurse or computer technician who puts in three 12-hour days or four 9-hour days. The point is that more and more people...