NC Ranks In 2021’s Top 20 Hardest-Working States In America

Americans are hard workers, putting in an average of 1,767 hours per year as of 2021, according to the World Economic Forum. That’s 435 hours per year more than Germans work, but 357 fewer than Mexicans do.

Even when given the chance to not work as hard, many Americans won’t. Americans only use about half of their vacation days in a typical year, but forfeited even more than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the pandemic, there are plenty of reasons why workers leave paid time off on the table. Some workers fear that if they take time off they will look less dedicated to the job than other employees, risking a layoff. Others worry about falling behind on their work or are concerned that the normal workflow will not be able to function without them.

It is possible to work hard without overdoing it, though. Hard work is key to success, and the people of some states understand that better than others. To determine where Americans work the hardest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 10 key indicators. They range from average workweek hours to share of workers with multiple jobs to annual volunteer hours per resident.

Hardest-Working States in the U.S
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Overall Rank* StateTotal Score Direct Work Factors Indirect Work Factors 
1Alaska68.6322
2North Dakota68.26137
3Nebraska60.45310
4South Dakota56.81431
5Texas55.83533
6Wyoming55.71719
7Oklahoma54.92628
8Virginia53.66106
9New Hampshire52.771112
10Kansas51.78836
11Maryland51.12153
12Georgia50.65939
13Colorado49.891415
14Utah48.77291
15Tennessee48.061241
16Minnesota46.68255
17North Carolina46.261926
18Indiana46.102020
19Iowa45.681735
20Alabama45.271349
21Idaho44.432616
22Hawaii44.242814
23Wisconsin43.88308
24Kentucky43.672334
25Arkansas43.671648
26Louisiana43.502143
27Montana43.323111
28Vermont43.302724
29Missouri43.232432
30South Carolina42.812242
31Washington41.75339
32Maine41.28357
33Mississippi41.221850
34Delaware40.173417
35Florida37.923245
36Arizona37.863621
37Pennsylvania37.574113
38Ohio36.713923
39California36.053830
40Nevada35.723740
41Massachusetts35.404418
42New Jersey35.384225
43Illinois34.694327
44Oregon34.27494
45Michigan33.494044
46Rhode Island31.074738
47Connecticut30.875022
48New York30.604829
49West Virginia30.114547
50New Mexico29.534646

*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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