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

3. France

Average annual hours per person: 1,392

Average working hours per week: 26.8

Average wage per hour: $34.26 (8th highest)

2011 unemployment rate: 9.3%

The average annual hours worked for employees in France has decreased by nearly 100 hours since 1995. The French embrace their leisure hours, devoting an average of 15.33 hours to personal time, the fourth highest of the OECD countries reported. Some argue that French productivity is an issue, and compared to the average of 26 OECD countries reported, French workers spent about 17% less time at work in 2011. Yet, workers earned one of the highest average hourly salaries of the OECD nations, around $34.26 per hour.

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