In a recent study on how hard each state works, Michigan came in last.  What!?  I always thought that we were a relatively hard-working state, but I guess not.

WalletHub used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and many other sources to determine which states work the hardest in the country.

So, why is Michigan last on the list of hardworking states?  For starters, Michigan had one of the highest average leisure time spent per day and one of the lowest average workweek hours.  We are also ranked high on the list of households where no adults work and we are near the bottom of the list for employment rate.

The hardest working states make sense because the 5 states listed below are all states with a lot of rural workers.  And we all know, farmers, ranchers, and such work pretty darn hard.

The Top 5 Hardest Working States

  1. Alaska
  2. North Dakota
  3. Wyoming
  4. South Dakota
  5. Nebraska

The Top 5 Least Hard Working States

  1. Michigan
  2. Rhode Island
  3. West Virginia
  4. New Mexico
  5. Oregon

Check out this interactive map with all of the state's rankings.

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub used several metrics in their study's methodology: Average Workweek Hours, Employment Rate, Households where No Adults Work, Workers Leaving Vacation Time Unused, Engaged Workers, Idle Youth, Commute Time, Workers with Multiple Jobs, Volunteer Hours, and Average Leisure Time.

You can read more about the study here.