Monday, November 05, 2007

Lazy Americans? The open borders crowd gleefully tell us how much immigrants inject energy into an otherwise lazy America. Well, I looked at data from the California Workforce Survey to see who does the most overtime. Respondents (N=868) were asked how often they worked more than 40 hours a week. Here are the percentages who said "usually" by racial/ethnic group:

Percent who usually work overtime

White 31.2
Black 22.4
American-born Hispanic 24.2
Immigrant Hispanic 26.2

Those fat, lazy white people might be fat, but they ain't lazy.


Anonymous said...

Do you think that the whites work the most so they can afford to live in relatively (respective to California) white areas, thus shielding their children from the wonderous benefits of 'diversity'?

Half Sigma said...

White people are more likely to work overtime because they are more likely to have white collar jobs where overtime is unpaid.

Most employers are reluctant to ask anyone to work overtime when they have to pay 150% of the regular hourly rate.

On the other hand, employers love to get work for free.

Half Sigma said...

I ran a crosstab between otfrq and otpay1.

Just as I suspected. People who don't get paid money for working overtime are more likely to work overtime.