The modern-day American worker would no doubt seem unrecognizable to its mid-20th century predecessor. Back in 1950, Americans were 400 percent less productive than they are today, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Were we lazier then? Not at all.
On the contrary, Americans in 1950 worked nearly 214 hours more per year than we did in 2010. All productivity gains have resulted from rapid technological growth in recent decades. Compared with our European peers, however, research shows that Americans work 50 percent more hours.
In honor of Employee Appreciation Day this coming March 6, WalletHub examined 116 of the most populated U.S. cities to recognize the hardest workers in America. We did so across seven key metrics, among which are labor force participation rate, average weekly work hours and number of workers with multiple jobs.