CNN Money recently took a look at the hardest-working countries, taking into account how many hours workers put in each week, their education and work-life balance, and gender gaps in the job market.

The List

CNN Money recently took a look at the hardest-working countries, taking into account how many hours workers put in each week, their education and work-life balance, and gender gaps in the job market.

Here are the top five:

1. Mexico (Average annual hours: 2,317. Average annual wages: $9,885)

2. Chile (Average annual hours: 2,102. Average annual wages: $15,820)

3. Korea (Average annual hours: 2,092. Average annual wages: $35,406)

4. Estonia (Average annual hours: 2,021. Average annual wages: $17,323)

5. Russian federation (Average annual hours: 2,002. Average annual wages: estimated $15,286)

The U.S. was seventh on the list, with workers averaging 1,798 hours a year at an average annual wage of $54,450. Four out of five American employees work at least 35 hours a week, and the country is the only developed nation not to guarantee workers a right to some vacation time each year.

Number to Know

24 percent: According to a Newtek Business Services' June small-business survey, more than half of the 1,000 respondents said they didn't know how to prepare for upcoming health care reform changes with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Mandatory employer and insuring reporting requirements have been delayed by one year to January 2015.) Of the remaining respondents, 24 percent plan to reduce benefits to employees, while 13 percent plan to rebid their policy and 11 percent plan to reduce business expenses.

-- The Street

Tech Talk

The Apple acquisition rumor mill is heating up again. Instead of something to add to the iPhone or the iPad, Apple may be looking at something for the living room. Apple reportedly is thinking about buying PrimeSense, the company that helped develop the technology behind the original Microsoft Kinect. The reported purchase price is between $280 million and $300 million.

-- The Street