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Austin works its way into top 10 hardest-working cities in the U.S.

Austin works its way into top 10 hardest-working cities in the U.S.

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Among Texas’ biggest cities, Austinites are working really hard for their money, according to a new report. The study, produced by personal finance website WalletHub, ranks Austin No. 8 among the country’s 116 largest cities in terms of which places have the hardest-working residents.

WalletHub weighed 10 key metrics to come up with the ranking, including employment rate, average hours worked per week, and share of households with adults who are not working.

Irving  (No. 3) and Plano (No. 5) join Austin in the study’s top 10.

WalletHub released the study in conjunction with Employee Appreciation Day, which falls on March 1.

Austin scored particularly well for its share of households with adults who are not working (15.83 percent nationally, No. 5).

Irving also scored well in the same category (12.4 percent, No. 1 among all 116 cities), as well as average workweek (40.3 hours, No. 5 nationally) and unemployment rate (96.51 percent, No. 31 nationally).

Not far behind Irving was Plano, which came in at No. 5 overall. High marks for Plano included its share of households with adults who are not working (14.84 percent, No. 4 nationally), average workweek (40.1 hours, No. 8 nationally), and employment rate (96.56 percent, No. 27 nationally).

“Overall, Texans seem to be some of the most hard-working people. We analyzed 13 Texas cities — 12 of which ranked in the top half,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez says.

Here’s how other Texas cities in major metro areas fared in the WalletHub study:

  • Dallas ranked No. 11. Its highest ranking in a single category was No. 6 for average workweek (40.2 hours).
  • Fort Worth ranked No. 15.
  • Arlington ranked No. 18. 
  • Garland ranked No. 19.
  • Houston ranked No. 22.
  • San Antonio ranked No. 44.

For Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland, Houston, and San Antonio, their highest ranking in a single category was No. 7 for share of engaged workers (35 percent). This statistic was based on statewide figures.