In response to Is Obamacare Really Responsible for Rise in Part-Time Employment? If So, Why Doesn't Average Weekly Hours Show Just That? I received an interesting email from a reader "Robert" who owned a family business with close to 50 employees.
Hello MishMinimizing ObamaPain
Having been in a family steel fabricating business for eight years, I can tell you that rather than take on new employees, we always added hours rather than employees when things were active. We ran for years with 42 employees through good times and bad. Even though we sold the business about 6 years ago, I can tell you that if I were still running things today, rather than go over 50 employees, my decision would have been to add overtime hours to meet higher demand. This increase in hours would have tended to offset the trend in some other industries to cut hours to less than 30 hrs/week leading to the observed flat trend of Average Weekly Hours in data provided by the BLS.