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24/7 Wall St.: Countries Where People Work Least

6. Ireland

Average annual hours per person: 1,469

Average working hours per week: 28.3

Average wage per hour: $45.53 (3rd highest)

2011 unemployment rate: 14.6%

Suffering from the third-highest unemployment rate of the OECD countries studied, workers in Ireland who are able to keep their jobs have experienced a 5% reduction in their average annual working hours since 2007. Still, Irish workers’ wages averaged $45.53 per hour, more than double the average wage in Spain. The minimum wage in Ireland is high — as of 2010, it was $10.67. To compare, the U.S. federal minimum wage is $7.25. Economists and politicians in Ireland argue the high minimum wage is a barrier to job creation.

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