Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans were working an average of almost 1,800 hours per year, but with fewer people having jobs now, people are working less. To coincide with this, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2020's Hardest-Working States in America.

WalletHub looked at the 50 states and used 10 key factors to determine where Americans work the hardest. Their data ranges from average work-week hours, to share of workers with multiple jobs, to annual volunteer hours per resident.

The list places North Dakota in position 1, Alaska in position 2, Wyoming in 3, and puts Texas at 4. Then, on the other end, West Virginia is in position 50, New Mexico at 49, and Rhode Island at 48.

Below is some additional info on how Texas ranked compared to other states.

How Hard Does Texas Work? (1=Best, 25=Avg.):

  • 4th – Avg. Workweek Hours
  • 14th – Avg. Commute Time
  • 26th – Employment Rate
  • 5th – Avg. Leisure Time Spent per Day

WalletHub includes how each state ranked in each category in their report, and also includes a Q&A with a panel of experts.


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