Love of labor
With a nod to disco diva Donna Summer, Texans work hard for the money.
A new study from personal finance website WalletHub puts Texas at No. 5 among the hardest-working states, down one spot from No. 4 in last year’s study. Ahead of Texas are, in descending order, Alaska, North Dakota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
To determine where Americans work the hardest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 10 key indicators. Those factors include average number of workweek hours, share of workers with multiple jobs, and annual number of volunteer hours per resident.
Boosting Texas on this list is the state’s average number of workweek hours. The Lone Star State ranks fourth in that category.
Texas also ranks high for the following:
- Share of workers who leave vacation time unused (No. 11).
- Share of workers who are “engaged” (No. 5).
Texas ranks low for the share of workers with multiple jobs (No. 46) and the employment rate (No. 39).
More than 13.2 million Texans were employed in July in the state’s civilian workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That month, the statewide unemployment rate stood at 6.2 percent. The civilian workforce includes people who are inmates, agricultural workers, and federal employees, but not those who are active-duty military personnel.
In July, Gov. Greg Abbott lauded the state’s “young, growing, and skilled workforce” for helping forge a “diversified and resilient economy.”
“The Texas economy is booming. Businesses are investing in the Lone Star State at a record pace because we’ve built a framework that allows free enterprise to flourish and hardworking Texans to prosper,” Abbott said.