Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans were working on an average of nearly 1,800 hours per year. With fewer people working this year during the pandemic, Wallet Hub released its report of the U.S's hardest-working states in 2020.

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Wallet Hub compared the 50 states across 10 metrics from average workweek hours to share of workers with multiple jobs.

"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."

According to Wallet Hub, Americans work on average of 1,780 hours per year which is about 390 hours more than Germans. Even when given the option to not work as hard, Americans won't. According to Wallet hub Americans only use 54% of their available vacation time.

"Even when given the chance to not work as hard, many Americans won’t. In fact, the average American only uses 54% of their available vacation time. However, while it may seem as if workers are happily pursuing the American Dream, many individuals’ reasons for working hard may not be so pleasant. Some 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."

On to the rankings - Minnesota ranked 18th on the list, while North Dakota was 1st, South Dakota 11th, Iowa 16th and Wisconsin 27th.

In stacking up Minnesota to the rest of the country, Minnesota is:
17th – Employment Rate
5th – Share of Workers with Multiple Jobs
18th – Annual Volunteer Hours per Resident
21st – Avg. Leisure Time Spent per Day

Source: WalletHub