NYC residents have longest work week in the country, according to study

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- New York City residents have earned the "honor" of having the longest work week in the country, according to a new study.

The study, issued by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, showed that NYC residents spend an average of 49.1 hours at work. That number includes time spent commuting. The average New Yorker spends 6 hours and 18 minutes getting to and from work.

Stringer’s report also found the burden of that long work week, bookended by an extraordinarily long commute often falls heaviest on low wage, hourly wage, and blue collar workers.

Just as Barbara Addison's day as a New York City librarian comes to an end, her most stressful job begins.  “It’s time to go home,” said Addison.

“The mass transit system is actually grinding our workforce down. We are the only major city in the United States where it’s about six hours of time spent just going to work,” said Stringer.

“It’s aggravating. It’s exhausting. I’m exhausted,” said Addison. Her total commute, every single day to and from her home in St. Albans, Queens and the library in Kips Bay, Manhattan is one hour and 30 minutes.

“I can’t leave that unless I have something else. I have to work. I need money,” said Barbara.

So what can we do about it? The report offers another suggestion - to employers.

Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA), which the Comptroller’s Office has advocated for, could relieve some of that strain, with more people working different hours and telecommuting, transit commute times could be reduced.

The city with the second longest commute is San Francisco, with 48.6 hours.

Milwaukee was last on the list, with residents spending 44.5 hours a week commuting and working.