Just Stats

Discussion in 'Politics' started by bigdavediode, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. I found the following statistics interesting.

    * The U.S. is the ONLY country in the Americas without a national paid parental leave benefit. The average is over 12 weeks of paid leave anywhere other than Europe and over 20 weeks in Europe.
    * Zero industrialized nations are without a mandatory option for new parents to take parental leave. That is, except for the United States.

    American work ethic
    American Average Work Hours:

    * At least 134 countries have laws setting the maximum length of the work week; the U.S. does not.
    * In the U.S., 85.8 percent of males and 66.5 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week.
    * According to the ILO, “Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers.”
    * Using data by the U.S. BLS, the average productivity per American worker has increased 400% since 1950. One way to look at that is that it should only take one-quarter the work hours, or 11 hours per week, to afford the same standard of living as a worker in 1950 (or our standard of living should be 4 times higher). Is that the case? Obviously not. Someone is profiting, it’s just not the average American worker.

    American Paid Vacation Time & Sick Time:

    * There is not a federal law requiring paid sick days in the United States.
    * The U.S. remains the only industrialized country in the world that has no legally mandated annual leave.
    * In every country included except Canada and Japan (and the U.S., which averages 13 days/per year), workers get at least 20 paid vacation days. In France and Finland, they get 30 – an entire month off, paid, every year.
    * Then there’s this depressing graph on average paid vacation time in industrialized countries:

    <img src="http://20somethingfinance.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/American-paid-vacations2.jpg>

  2. Yannis


    Billions of people around the globe would give their firstborn's eyeteeth for a chance to immigrate to the US. Very few Americans want to do the opposite. What a pity: our Obama socialists would fit well in Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, etc :)
  3. Lucrum


    Sounds like there needs to be some one way travel plans in your future Davie.
  4. Exactly! Move to France. You and the United States will be better off... France OTOH won't be but that's their problem. :p
  5. So rather than an intelligent discussion of the statistics, right or wrong, overly fair or unfair, we have two "love it or leave it!'''s and one "them foreigners all want to come here."
  6. You're not capable of an intelligent discussion, you're just stomping your little feet with an article advocating entitlement from a Generation Me website. Bottom line is this country didn't become great due to socialism and entitlement which are ruining it now. You'll understand when you grow up.

  7. You haven't had enough experience with the mutants here yet?
  8. Ricter


    They want to come here because we're socialist. Feel better now? :)
  9. LOL. "People" like you are exactly what I was talking about.
  10. So that's one ad-hom post, two "love it or leave it!'''s and one "them foreigners all want to come here."

    Remember, folks, these are the people on the other side of your trades.
    #10     Oct 13, 2010