USA: Labor freedom

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 USA

Labor freedom index (0-100)

 Latest value 78
 Year 2024
 Measure points
 Data availability 2005 - 2024
 Average 91
 Min - Max 76 - 99
 Source The Heritage Foundation
For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 2005 to 2024. The average value for the USA during that period was 91 points with a minimum of 76 points in 2022 and a maximum of 99 points in 2015. The latest value from 2024 is 78 points. For comparison, the world average in 2024 based on 174 countries is 56 points. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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The Labor Freedom index for the USA from the Heritage Foundation reflects the various aspects of the legal and regulatory framework of the labor market in the USA, including the minimum wage; laws inhibiting layoffs; severance requirements; and the regulatory burdens on hiring.
Definition: The Labor freedom index is composed of six quantitative factors: ratio of minimum wage to the average value added per worker, hindrance to hiring additional workers, rigidity of hours, difficulty of firing redundant employees, legally mandated notice period, and mandatory severance pay. The index is based on data collected in connection with the World Bank’s Doing Business study.

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