The hardest-working states in the US

With Americans working an average of almost 1,800 hours per year and more than half of workers not using all their available vacation time, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released a report, 2018’s Hardest-Working States in America.

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 Alaska 11 Oklahoma
2 North Dakota 12 Maryland
3 Wyoming 13 Hawaii
4 South Dakota 14 Iowa
5 Nebraska 15 Vermont
6 New Hampshire 16 Idaho
7 Texas 17 Minnesota
8 Colorado 18 Louisiana
9 Virginia 19 Wisconsin
10 Kansas 20 Utah

Some interesting findings:

Alaska has the longest hours worked per week, 42, which is 10% longer than in Utah, the state with the shortest at 37.

New York has the longest average commute time, 32.6 minutes, which is 1.9 times longer than in South Dakota, the state with the shortest at 16.9 minutes.

Iowa has the lowest share of idle youth 16-24-years-old, seven percent, which is 2.9 times lower than in Louisiana, West Virginia and Alaska, the states with the highest at 20 percent.

Idaho has the highest share of workers leaving vacation time unused, 78 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Maine, the state with the lowest at 38 percent.

South Dakota has the highest share of workers with multiple jobs, 9.1 percent, which is 2.6 times higher than in Florida, the state with the lowest at 3.5 percent.

To view the full report and all states’ ranks, visit WalletHub.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of Ben Taylor.