10 States to Avoid if You're a Hard-Working Dad

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Being a dad is one of the toughest jobs, no matter where you live, but there are some places where it's harder than others. 

Father's Day this coming Sunday is a good time to reflect that being a good dad is hard work and depending on where you live could help -- or hurt.

A recent report by personal finance Web site WalletHub, identified best and worst states for fathers with full-time jobs, with some states have clear advantages over others to make it "easier" for working dads. In the states, "where economic opportunity abounds and quality of life is emphasized, dads have it better than others," the report said.

WalletHub took into account 20 metrics most necessary for a working dad's life. The metrics were categorized in the following areas: work-life balance, health conditions, financial well-being and child-rearing environments for dads in the 50 states and District of Columbia.

Sources used by WalletHub: U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Partnership for Women & Families, the American Urological Association, the Social Science Research Council, Child Care Aware and WalletHub research.

Check out the 10 states that are the worst for working dads. And when you're done check out the states that are the best for working dads.

 

10. Arizona
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 49

Health Rank: 13
Work-Life Balance Rank: 21
Child Care Rank: 33

The state reported an unemployment rate of 5.8% for April, according to the BLS, higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be somewhat to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

Arizona had the second highest percentage of fathers (with kids under 18) living in poverty.

 

 

9. Idaho
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 34

Health Rank: 35
Work-Life Balance Rank: 35
Child Care Rank: 42

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.9% for April, according to the BLS, lower than the national average of 5.5%, meaning that it's still a good job market.

 


8. Alabama
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 15

Health Rank: 48
Work-Life Balance Rank: 45
Child Care Rank: 46

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.1% for May, according to the BLS, somewhat higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be slightly harder to come by than on a national level.

Alabama had the fourth lowest child care costs. It also had the second lowest life expectancy for males.

 


7. Alaska
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 46

Health Rank: 26
Work-Life Balance Rank: 25
Child Care Rank: 39

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.8% for May, according to the BLS, higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be harder to come by than on a national level.

Alaska had the four highest rate for uninsured males. It was also the state where males worked the most average hours per day.

 

 

 

6. New Mexico
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 51

Health Rank: 23
Work-Life Balance Rank: 11
Child Care Rank: 45

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.2% for May, according to the BLS, higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be slightly harder to come by than on a national level.

New Mexico was the fifth highest state for uninsured males. It also was the state with the highest percentage of fathers (with kids under 18) who are living in poverty.

 

 

5. Louisiana
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 19

Health Rank: 47
Work-Life Balance Rank: 46
Child Care Rank: 48

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.6% for May, according to the BLS, higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be harder to come by than on a national level.

Louisiana ranked the state with the lowest child care costs. But the state had the fourth highest average hours worked per day among males and ranked third lowest state for men's life expectancy.

 

 

4. West Virginia
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 41

Health Rank: 43
Work-Life Balance Rank: 48
Child Care Rank: 37

The state reported an unemployment rate of 7.2% for May, according to the BLS, somewhat higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs in West Virginia are harder to come by than on a national level.

West Virginia tied with the District of Columbia for the state with the fifth lowest men's life expectancy.

 

 

3. Arkansas
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 44

Health Rank: 50
Work-Life Balance Rank: 35
Child Care Rank: 41

The state reported an unemployment rate of 5.7% for May, according to the BLS, somewhat higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be slightly harder to come by than on a national level.

 

2. Nevada
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 49

Health Rank: 46
Work-Life Balance Rank: 15
Child Care Rank: 51

The state reported an unemployment rate of 7% for May, according to the BLS, higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be harder to come by than on a national level.

Nevada tied with Rhode Island and Utah for the state with the lowest average hours worked per day among men.

However, it was the second highest state with uninsured men. It also was the state with the highest percentage of unemployment amongst dads with kids under the age of 18. Nevada also had the fourth highest child care costs

 

1. Mississippi
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 27

Health Rank: 51
Work-Life Balance Rank: 51
Child Care Rank: 50

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.7% for May, according to the BLS, higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be harder to come by than on a national level.

On the one hand, Mississippi was ranked the third lowest state for childcare costs. Yet it was the fifth highest percentage of dads (with children under 18) living in poverty. The state also is ranked the lowest for men's life expectancy.

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