2020’s Hardest-Working States in America – WalletHub Study


With Americans working an average of almost 1,800 hours per year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but fewer people having jobs this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’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. South Dakota
2. Alaska 12. New Hampshire
3. Wyoming 13. Kansas
4. Texas 14. Georgia
5. Nebraska 15. Tennessee
6. Oklahoma 16. Iowa
7. Colorado 17. Utah
8. Virginia 18. Minnesota
9. Maryland 19. Indiana
10. Hawaii 20. South Carolina

Key Stats

  • Alaska has the longest hours worked per week, 42, which is 14 percent 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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