The Hardest Working States in America, Ranked

The unofficial end of summer: Labor Day. We must not forget the true meaning of this American holiday, which is to celebrate the American worker. The average American worker puts in about 1,811 hours of work per year!

With the post-pandemic American shift into a better balanced work/home lifestyle, it becomes most apparent that we work for a large fraction of our lives, and it is important to take a day off to relax. However, in 2022, Americans left 55 percent of their paid time off unused.

Those who don’t use all of their paid leave usually share similar reasons of not doing so: Some worry that it will make them look less dedicated to their jobs, others don’t want to get behind on their work.

To determine where Americans work the hardest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across many key factors. They range from average work-week hours to share of workers with multiple jobs, to annual volunteer hours per resident.

Below is the list of the hardest working states in America, as calculated by WalletHub.

  1.  North Dakota
  2.  Alaska
  3.  South Dakota
  4.  Nebraska
  5.  Wyoming
  6.  Texas
  7.  Virginia
  8.  Colorado
  9.  Kansas
  10.  Hawaii
  11.  Maryland
  12.  Iowa
  13.  Georgia
  14.  Oklahoma
  15.  New Hampshire
  16.  Tennessee
  17.  Idaho
  18.  Missouri
  19.  Mississippi
  20.  Louisiana
  21.  Alabama
  22.  Indiana
  23.  Minnesota
  24.  Montana
  25.  Maine
  26.  South Carolina
  27.  North Carolina
  28.  Utah
  29.  Arizona
  30.  Arkansas
  31.  Florida
  32.  Wisconsin
  33.  New Jersey
  34.  Kentucky
  35.  California
  36.  Washington
  37.  Delaware
  38.  Vermont
  39.  Massachusetts
  40.  Illinois
  41.  Pennsylvania
  42.  Oregon
  43.  Rhode Island
  44.  Ohio
  45.  Nevada
  46.  Connecticut
  47.  Michigan
  48.  West Virginia
  49.  New York
  50.  New Mexico

When it comes to average hours per work-week, Alaska comes in with the most hours worked per week, followed by Texas, North Dakota, Wyoming and Louisiana. The least hours per work-week go to New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Illinois and Nevada.

Also tabulated were the states with the most leisure time per worker per day. Surprisingly enough, Hawaii spends the least amount of leisure time per day. One would think with all that beautiful scenery, leisure time would be one of the highest, but that is not the case.

Labor Day 2023 is Monday September, 4 in America.

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