Record numbers of Americans have quit their jobs in recent months. In what has been dubbed "The Great Resignation," one-in-four U.S. workers left their job in 2021. Much of the exodus is being driven by employee burnout, which often results from spending too much time at work.

Partly in an effort to reduce the likelihood of employee burnout, governments and companies are experimenting with four-day workweeks. Following successful trial runs in Iceland and New Zealand, Scotland is set to implement its own four-day workweek trial period, without pay reduction. The Japanese government actively encourages companies to use the four-day workweek model. Here is a look at how long the typical work week is around the world.

In the United States, meanwhile, the five-day workweek remains the norm. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American workers in the 16 to 64 age group usually work an average of 38 hours and 48 minutes per week. But how much time people spend at work could depend on where they live, as in some parts of the country, the typical workweek is far longer.

In the Texarkana metropolitan area, which spans parts of Texas and Arkansas, the average worker logs 39 hours and 54 minutes per week, over an hour more than the national average. The longer average working day in the metro area is due in part to the share of local workers who are classified as full-time -- defined as 35 hours or more per week by the U.S. Census Bureau. An estimated 80.7% of workers in Texarkana are full-time, compared to 78.1% of workers nationwide.

Despite the longer than average working hours, incomes are not especially high in the Texarkana metro area. Average income per capita in the area is just $26,165, well below the $35,672 national average.

Metro areas are ranked on mean hours worked per week among full time and part time workers in the 16 to 64 age group with data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey. Because working-day length can vary considerably for U.S. service members, metro areas where 10% or more of the labor force are in the military were excluded from analysis. Supplemental data is from both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the ACS. In the case of a tie, the metro area with the longer average commute time ranked higher.


RankMetro areaAvg. hours worked per weekAvg. commute time (minutes)Avg. income per capita ($)
1Odessa, TX42.824.528,582
2Midland, TX42.120.637,108
3Longview, TX41.524.128,898
4San Angelo, TX41.420.329,184
5Casper, WY41.218.332,934
6Twin Falls, ID40.918.426,923
7Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY40.825.528,963
8Alexandria, LA40.627.926,715
9Tyler, TX40.625.929,053
10Houma-Thibodaux, LA40.526.827,421
11Grand Island, NE40.520.529,504
12Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX40.330.735,190
13Charleston-North Charleston, SC40.327.638,050
14Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX40.128.636,274
15Anchorage, AK40.123.138,842
16Hattiesburg, MS40.122.825,247
17Owensboro, KY40.122.729,270
18Corpus Christi, TX40.120.927,286
19Staunton, VA40.022.430,079
20Amarillo, TX40.021.128,233
21Sioux Falls, SD40.019.434,878
22Greeley, CO39.928.333,863
23Charleston, WV39.924.628,107
24Savannah, GA39.924.431,541
25Shreveport-Bossier City, LA39.923.227,807
26Farmington, NM39.922.821,626
27Texarkana, TX-AR39.920.726,165
28Hilton Head Island-Bluffton, SC39.823.341,421
29Montgomery, AL39.822.529,094
30Wausau-Weston, WI39.819.632,924
31Cheyenne, WY39.817.539,791
32Gainesville, GA39.729.832,667
33Birmingham-Hoover, AL39.728.133,131
34Gadsden, AL39.726.225,065
35Tulsa, OK39.722.232,380
36Jefferson City, MO39.722.029,475
37Fond du Lac, WI39.721.233,847
38Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA39.632.537,331
39Hammond, LA39.631.624,217
40San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX39.627.429,802
41Michigan City-La Porte, IN39.625.628,484
42Florence, SC39.624.725,901
43Lebanon, PA39.624.129,629
44Spartanburg, SC39.623.927,969
45Oklahoma City, OK39.623.732,577
46Columbus, GA-AL39.622.227,286