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Weekend edition February 23, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Where do people work the hardest?

WalletHub ranks 116 large cities across 11 metrics.

Did you know that the average U.S. worker puts in 1,811 hours annually? That’s 204 hours more than the average in Japan, 279 more than the U.K., and 470 more than Germany. In recent years, many people have switched to working from home, which can end up extending work hours even further.

To determine which cities outwork the rest of America just ahead of March 1 which is Employee Appreciation Day, WalletHub, the personal financial website, compared the 116 largest cities across 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from the employment rate to average weekly work hours to the share of workers with multiple jobs. Direct work factors, such as average hours worked each week, accounted for 80 percent of the total points awarded. The remainder were classified as indirect work factors and included items like average commuting time and share of workers with multiple jobs.

The Volunteer State recorded only two cities among the 116 – Nashville ranked #20 and Memphis came in at #92. The top five ranked cities were Washington, DC (#1); Irving, TX (#2); Cheyenne, WY (#3); Virginia Beach, VA (#4); and Anchorage, AK (#5).

The full list can be found here.


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