North Carolina Ranks in 2021’s Top 17 Hardest-Working States in America

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With Americans working an average of almost 1,800 hours per year and leaving around half of their paid time off unused, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’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.

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

  • 12th – Avg. Workweek Hours
  • 25th – Avg. Commute Time
  • 22nd – Employment Rate
  • 15th – Annual Volunteer Hours per Resident
  • 15th – Avg. Leisure Time Spent per Day

Hardest-Working States in the U.S.

Overall Rank*  State Total Score  Direct Work Factors  Indirect Work Factors 
1 Alaska 68.63 2 2
2 North Dakota 68.26 1 37
3 Nebraska 60.45 3 10
4 South Dakota 56.81 4 31
5 Texas 55.83 5 33
6 Wyoming 55.71 7 19
7 Oklahoma 54.92 6 28
8 Virginia 53.66 10 6
9 New Hampshire 52.77 11 12
10 Kansas 51.78 8 36
11 Maryland 51.12 15 3
12 Georgia 50.65 9 39
13 Colorado 49.89 14 15
14 Utah 48.77 29 1
15 Tennessee 48.06 12 41
16 Minnesota 46.68 25 5
17 North Carolina 46.26 19 26
18 Indiana 46.10 20 20
19 Iowa 45.68 17 35
20 Alabama 45.27 13 49
21 Idaho 44.43 26 16
22 Hawaii 44.24 28 14
23 Wisconsin 43.88 30 8
24 Kentucky 43.67 23 34
25 Arkansas 43.67 16 48
26 Louisiana 43.50 21 43
27 Montana 43.32 31 11
28 Vermont 43.30 27 24
29 Missouri 43.23 24 32
30 South Carolina 42.81 22 42
31 Washington 41.75 33 9
32 Maine 41.28 35 7
33 Mississippi 41.22 18 50
34 Delaware 40.17 34 17
35 Florida 37.92 32 45
36 Arizona 37.86 36 21
37 Pennsylvania 37.57 41 13
38 Ohio 36.71 39 23
39 California 36.05 38 30
40 Nevada 35.72 37 40
41 Massachusetts 35.40 44 18
42 New Jersey 35.38 42 25
43 Illinois 34.69 43 27
44 Oregon 34.27 49 4
45 Michigan 33.49 40 44
46 Rhode Island 31.07 47 38
47 Connecticut 30.87 50 22
48 New York 30.60 48 29
49 West Virginia 30.11 45 47
50 New Mexico 29.53 46 46

*1=Hardest Working
With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

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