December 16, 2009

WORLD: Who is most frustrated by the daily commute?

. LONDON, England / The Economist Commuting / December 14, 2009 Commuting: The daily drudge Who is most frustrated by the daily commute? THE misery of commuting is common to most of the globe. According to a recent survey of 11,000 people in 13 countries by Regus, a property company, a fifth of commuters around the world have considered quitting because of the time taken to travel to their workplaces. The problem seems to be especially acute in crowded China, whereas North Americans—especially Canadians—find it easiest to get from home to work. South Africans and the Chinese say that they are most fed up with commuting, with roughly a third claiming that they have considered dropping their jobs because of it. Our chart shows only the average length of time it takes to reach the office—double that when you add the trip back home. [rc] Copyright © The Economist Newspaper Limited 2009.