The law is having a significant negative impact on low-wage work hours, government jobs data show.
In April, nonsupervisory workers in low-wage private industries clocked the shortest workweek on record — just 27.3 hours — except for one unusually stormy month in 2014. These industries in which pay averages up to about $14.50 an hour have added 1.6 million jobs since the start of 2013 with an average workweek of just 21.2 hours.
While the low-wage workweek has sunk back below its 2009 nadir, the rest of the private sector is working longer, on average, than before the recession.
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