2019’s Hardest-Working States in America – WalletHub Study

by | Aug 26, 2019 | Jobs Featured

With Americans working an average of almost 1,800 hours per year and the average worker using only 54% of their available vacation time, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Hardest-Working States in America as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine where Americans work the hardest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across ten key metrics. The data set ranges from average workweek hours to share of workers with multiple jobs to annual volunteer hours per resident.

Top 20 Hardest-Working States in America
1 North Dakota 11 New Hampshire
2 Alaska 12 Oklahoma
3 South Dakota 13 Kansas
4 Texas 14 Iowa
5 Nebraska 15 Minnesota
6 Hawaii 16 Tennessee
7 Wyoming 17 Georgia
8 Colorado 18 Utah
9 Virginia 19 Louisiana
10 Maryland 20 Wisconsin

Key Stats

  • Alaska has the longest hours worked per week, 42, which is 14% longer than in Utah, the state with the shortest at 37.
  • New York has the longest average commute time, 33 minutes, which is 1.9 times longer than in South Dakota, the state with the shortest at 17 minutes.
  • Mississippi has the highest share of workers leaving vacation time unused, 34.70 percent, which is 1.6 times higher than in Ohio, the state with the lowest at 21.90 percent.
  • South Dakota has the highest share of workers with multiple jobs, 8.20 percent, which is 2.3 times higher than in New Mexico, the state with the lowest at 3.60 percent.

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