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Published on March 01, 2024
Austin Ranks 10th on Wallethub's List of Hardest-Working U.S. Cities, Outdoing San Antonio at 43rdSource: Unsplash/ Arron Choi

In a recent study by Wallethub, Austin has outpaced San Antonio in terms of workforce effort, earning the title of the tenth hardest-working city in the United States, a stark contrast to San Antonio's placement at number 43 on the same list, which also includes ten other Texas cities that have outstripped San Antonio; researchers assessed various factors such as average workweek hours and employment rate to draw these conclusions, according to a report by FOX San Antonio.

These factors, critical to the study, further broke down into direct work factors, where Austin's workforce demonstrated a robust commitment, ranking second, and indirect work factors, where the city's ranking fell to 79, with these categories measuring intriguing parameters like the share of workers leaving vacation time unused and average leisure time spent per day, all contributing to a comprehensive score mirroring a city's labor intensity. On the flip side, San Antonio trailed behind with an overall score of 66.14, ranking 35th in direct work factors yet lagging more substantially in indirect work factors at the 86th spot.

American work culture's distinctive characteristics were illuminated by Michael J. Yelnosky, a professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law, who highlighted the absence of federal laws mandating paid leave and a pervasive 'presenteeism,' this tendency based on employment at-will that instills fear over the perception of laziness, Yelnosky's insights shedding light on the labor differences between America and Europe were detailed in the statement for Wallethub as obtained by FOX San Antonio.

Among the U.S. cities, Washington, D.C. leads the pack as the hardest-working, followed by Irving, Texas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, according to the study, these findings, however, invite questions on the relationship between working hours and productivity, a topic of some debate among experts, with some pointing out the negative repercussions of working excessive hours on health, well-being, and productivity, as noted by Keith Cunningham-Parmeter, a professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School during his remarks on the subject.