NYC Has Longest Work Week Among Big Cities

NEW YORK (AP) -
Waiters serve two workers lunch on a girder high above Manhattan in this Nov. 14, 1930, photo of the building of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Just getting there adds hours to the workweek. (Keystone/Getty Images)
Waiters serve two workers lunch on a girder high above Manhattan in this Nov. 14, 1930, photo of the building of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Just getting there adds hours to the workweek. (Keystone/Getty Images)

Between commuting time and work hours, New York City residents have the longest work weeks among the country’s 30 biggest cities, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a report released Tuesday.

A typical week for a full-time New York worker adds up to more than 49 hours, including an average of more than six hours of commuting time, according to the report. That was more than four hours longer than in Milwaukee, Wis., where the average work week was about 44 1/2 hours. Commuting time made up just under 3 1/2 hours of that.

Stringer said commuting times were longer for lower-wage workers, who were more likely than higher-wage workers to live in parts of the city that aren’t as well-served by public transportation. Security guards, for example, on average spent more than eight hours a week commuting.