(measure: points; Source: The Heritage Foundation)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
USA: Labor freedom index (0-100)
For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 2005 to 2020. The average value for the USA during that period was 94 points with a minimum of 88 points in 2020 and a maximum of 99 points in 2015.
The latest value from 2020 is 88 points. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 182
countries is 59 points.
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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.