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November, 1986, Vol. 109, No. 11
an expanded view
About 10 percent of all American workers received overtime pay for hours worked in a typical week in May 1985. The great majority of them worked more than the traditional 40 hours that week; however, some received overtime pay even though their workweek did not exceed 40 hours.
Prior to 1985, data on overtime work were limited to employees who worked more than 40 hours a week at a single job.1 In addition to these data, the May 1985 Current Population Survey also collected information on overtime work performed by persons with 40 or fewer hours of work in the reference week. An additional feature of the 1985 data is that they are not limited to persons holding only one job.
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1 Daniel E. Taylor and Edward S. Sekscenski, "Workers on long schedules, single and multiple jobholders," Monthly Labor Review, May 1982, pp. 47-53.
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