The decline of working hours by the mid-year point is equivalent to nearly 500 million full-time jobs.
Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore share the top spot of the world's most expensive cities to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's bi-annual survey of 133 cities.
The lowest rates of unemployment in almost two decades are accompanied by forecasts of a 4 percent economic growth in the US despite fears of a looming trade war.
A report from Human Rights Watch says World Cup stadium workers in six cities had not been paid wages for months and worked in temperatures as low as -25 degrees Celsius without sufficient breaks.
Mutineers who held a major road into Ivory Coast's second city of Bouake rejected a proposed deal on Monday amid a four-day military revolt over a pay dispute.
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