On average, a full-time employee in the United Stats works 1,801 hours per year, or 37.5 hours per week, which is more than many other countries, according to Clockify. How do those hours factor in to how hard an individual works, though?
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.
The study found that Alaska was the hardest working state in America. The state was followed by North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Texas, respectively. The least hardest working state? New Mexico claimed that titled, followed by West Virginia and New York.
Georgia came in ranking in the Top 15, however, pulling the No. 12 spot. In the Peach state, here’s what WalletHub found:
How Hard Does Georgia Work? (1=Best, 25=Avg.):
- 8th – Avg. Workweek Hours
- 7th – Avg. Commute Time
- 11th – Employment Rate
- 25th – Avg. Leisure Time Spent per Day
In the current economic environment, do you believe wages will register a true increase or do you think people might need to work extra or get a second job?
“I think wages will continue to rise as long as the number of job applicants grows slower than the number of open job vacancies. After a while, businesses will have adjusted, and wages will stay higher but no longer grow. With the delta variant, there is a risk that job growth slows down considerably, in which case wages will stop growing.”
Ioana Marinescu – Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
As economic activity gradually resumes after the COVID-19 pandemic, what are the most important measures that can be taken to ensure workers’ safety?
“Businesses should be permitted to take steps to protect their workers (and customers) with COVID-19 measures such as masking, social distancing, and vaccination requirements/frequent testing as is appropriate in different work settings. Government should not interfere with efforts by businesses to provide a safer work environment.”
Eric C. Thompson – Associate Professor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln