Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – Professional burnout has been a hot topic the last year, and according to a new report from analytics company SmartAsset, some regions are more likely to have stressed out workers than other regions of the US.
In April of this year, 3.8 million workers left their jobs, with the majority of the exodus occurring in the accommodation and food service industry. The quit rate for food service and accommodation workers was 4.1 percent, which was 1.3 percentage points higher than retail, an industry that was also seeing a large departure of workers. By May, the food and accommodation worker quit rate rose to 5.7 percent. In April of this year, the national quit rate among all professions stayed steady at 3 percent. In this year alone, the number of workers who have left jobs have averaged 1.3 million more per month than in years previous.
Analysts at SmartAsset reviewed data from 100 of the largest cities in the US, then ranked the top 25 cities where workers are most likely to experience burnout. The ranking was based on work schedule, health and well-being, and financial stress. Work schedule was assessed by not only hours worked per week and weeks per year, but also the percentage of the population working more than 1,750 hours per year, and the percentage of workers with a long commute. The number of uninsured residents, the number of physically inactive residents, the average number of poor mental health days, and the percentage of recreational parks determined health and wellness. Financial stress was determined by changes in salary the last 5 years, percent of housing in compared to salary, cost of living, and unemployment rates.
Orlando, Florida, garnered top spot as the city where worker burnout is most likely. While the region ranked fourth lowest for health and wellbeing, Orlando ranked seventh in the region with the number of physically inactive residents totaling 26.8 percent, and eighth for the highest number of poor mental health days totaling 5. Four more Florida cities made the ranking, including Miami at number eight, Hialeah at number 11, Tampa at number 15, and Jacksonville at number 17.
Jersey City, New Jersey, earned the number two spot due in part to a high number of hours worked. In fact, workers in New Jersey ranked fifth highest overall based on this metric alone. Another contributing factor was that 20.1 percent of workers had more than an hour commute.
Garland, Texas, made the number three spot due in part to 26.6 percent of the residents there are uninsured. Additionally, the region had the 17th lowest change in income over 5 years at 16.55 percent. Seven more Texas towns made the ranking, including Dallas at number five, Ft. Worth at number six, Houston at number nine, Irving at number 13, Arlington at number 19, Plano at number 23, and Austin at number 24.
The full ranking is available on the SmartAsset website.