New Yorkers aren’t just workaholics - they spend more time working and commuting than residents of any other big city.
The city’s work week and commute together average 49.1 hours - beating the 29 other largest cities in the country, according to an analysis by City Controller Scott Stringer.
“Our transportation network is grinding us down,” Stringer said. “It’s a one-two punch for lower wage workers, who get paid less and travel longer to get to work.”
New Yorkers work only slightly longer hours - with an average work week of 42.4 hours, compared to 42.5 in the other cities - and rank 12th of the 30 spots surveyed.
But with commute factored in, the city’s combined work week of 49.08 outstripped other cities’ average of 46.48 by two and a half hours.
Workers in the finance industry log the longest work weeks, at 47 hours on average. But security guards have the longest commutes, at eight hours a week, Stringer found. Low wage workers tend to have the longest travel times because they can’t afford to live close to work.
This is why it makes me laugh when commenters say that people should live near subways to reduce carbon footprint, not own a car, blah, blah, blah.