New York City residents have the longest work weeks among the country’s 30 biggest cities because of the grueling commutes to and from work, a report released by city Comptroller Scott Stringer says.
A typical work week for full-time worker in New York adds up to more than 49 hours, including an average of more than six hours commuting to and from work. That is more than four hours longer than Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the average work week is about 44 ½ hours.
The report was based on data from the U.S. Census from 1990 and 200 and the 2013 American Community Survey.
Commuting times were longer for lower-wage workers because they are more likely to live in areas where that are not well-served by public transportation, opposed to higher-wage workers, Stringer said.
Stringer said the report showed a need for the city to expand its transit networks, as well as promote flexible work arrangements along with predictable scheduling.
"If New York City is going to symbolize the American Dream, we can't be a nightmare when it comes to long work hours and commuting," Stringer said. "Our residents deserve better."
The Associated Press contributed to this report