10 States With the Most Burnt-Out Workers

Read on for a list of states with tired workers.

Are you feeling burnt out at work? More of your neighbors might be able to relate than you'd suspect. Uplift Legal Funding recently ranked all 50 states on their level of employee burnout, creating a one-to-ten scale based on four major categories—local mental health ratings, happiness scores, occupational stress levels, and working hours. The firm used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Psychological Association, World Population Review, Numbeo, and the Education Data Initiative. These are the ten states with the most burnt-out workers, according to the survey.

10
Kansas

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Score: 4.7

The Sunflower State ranked tenth among states with the most burnt-out workers. The survey found it scored lowest in the category of mental health.

9
West Virgina

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Score: 4.7

West Virginia tied Kansas as the state with the tenth most burnt-out employees in the nation. Out of the four categories evaluated, it performed worst in mental health. 

8
North Carolina

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Score: 4.6

North Carolina scored narrowly worse than Kansas and West Virginia in the analysis. Its worst-performing category was occupational stress.

7
Florida

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Score: 4.3

Things aren't looking bright for workers in the Sunshine State—it finished in a three-way tie for the seventh most burnt-out employees in the nation. In CNBC's recent Best States for Business rankings, it finished dead last for quality of life, with poor access to healthcare, child care, and reproductive rights cited. 

6
Utah

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Score: 4.3

Utah tied Florida for seventh place in the rankings. It scored worst in the category of occupational stress. 

5
Oregon

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Score: 4.3

Oregon ranked similarly to Utah and Florida, with a 4.3 out of 10. Its worst score was in the mental health category. In 2021, 46% of Oregonians reported having poor mental health in the last month, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported

4
Alabama

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Score: 3.9

Alabama tied for the fourth most burnt-out workers in the nation. Mental health was its worst-performing category. This year, CNBC gave the state's quality of life an F grade, citing poor access to healthcare as one of the factors. 

3
Idaho

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Score: 3.9

Idaho tied Alabama for fourth place in the survey. Out of four categories evaluated, it performed worst in occupational stress. To combat burnout, "Talk to your boss. They may be able to work with you to determine if there are some adjustments that can be made to increase your satisfaction with your job," Optum Idaho Deputy Director Casey Moyer told KTVB. "Seek help. You can reach out to family and friends, also many companies have many Employee Assistance Programs, often called EAP. They can link you to resources such as a counselor that may be able to assist."

2
Indiana

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Score: 3.8

Indiana is the state with the second-most-burnt-out workers in the nation, according to the analysis. Occupational stress is the biggest issue. 

1
Arizona

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Score: 3.5

Arizona is the state with the most burnt-out workers in the country, the survey found. It performed worst in the category of mental health. 

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