Here’s a series of graphics to show the average work year for the United States compared to different countries, based on Federal Reserve Economic Data:
In this one, the shaded portion indicate the recessions, historically. I would dispute we are out of the last recession, and would suggest that one of the reasons for the failure to climb to parity with pre-recession levels of man-hours has to do with companies failing to hire new employees at full-time as they prepare for the hit from Obamacare.
Now compare us to lackadaisical France (US in red). The Gallic reputation for sloth would seem to be born out…or maybe it’s hard to get a full-time job when your kleptocratic leaders strangle all enterprise: