Hardest-working and laziest states

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WalletHub just issued its report on the hardest-working and laziest states in America, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau , the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other organizations.

The criteria for “hard-working” include average workweek hours, employment rate, idle youth rate, leisure time, and volunteer efforts. The report also weighs in factors such as commute time and amount of people with multiple jobs.

Americans are hard workers, putting in an average of 1,791 hours per year as of 2021, according to the World Economic Forum. That’s 442 hours per year more than Germans work, but 337 fewer than Mexicans do. Even when given the chance to not work as hard, many Americans don’t. Americans forfeited an average of 4.6 paid days off in 2021.

Based on WalletHub’s criteria, here are all 50 U.S. states ranked from hardest working to least. I added the red and blue colors, using the updated 2022 list of red and blue states, referring to states whose voters predominantly choose either the Republican Party (Red) or Democratic Party (Blue) for presidential and senatorial candidates.

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

As you can see, 8 of the 10 most hardworking states are red states, whereas 8 of the 10 laziest states are blue states. Why does that not surprise me?


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2 months ago

80% of the top 10 hardest working states are red and 80% of the least hardest working states are blue. No big surprise. Pretty much shows that liberals are worthless.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 months ago

Now why did I just know instinctively, that Oregon would be scraping the bottom of the barrel at 41st place? I just had to look around and note how lazy and how many are dependent on our communist governments to take care of them. Those who do work hard, are burdened with the spectre of having their labor confiscated to take care of Mr/Ms Lazybones via high taxes.This is a very worthwile article, and certainly shows that “Red” States evidently do not indulge those who are not willing to work.

Last edited 2 months ago by Gracie Storvika
2 months ago

So Nevada is in 37th place,huh?We’ll we create more of America’s wealth,with our Gold production while being closer to the less hard working end of the list,so maybe we should be rated highly for our greater innovation in work production.
Great article-Thanks!

Jackie Puppet
Jackie Puppet
2 months ago

If Chicago/C(r)ook County were its own state – it would be about 46th, 47th, or even lower.

2 months ago

New Mexico, somewhat less cruddy than old Mexico.