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In explaining his decision
to move the headquarters of the publicly-traded IT firm Perficient Inc.
from Texas to St. Louis, CEO Jeffrey Davis told the Post-Dispatch
that "the Midwest
work ethic" was a factor.The Midwest work ethic
. We like the sound of that. But is it real?
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics
does keep data on how many hours people work
relative to leisure and other activities. But those data aren't broken out state-by-state. or region-by-region.
So Daily RFT
performed a different but equally rigorous scientific study: how many mentions of the following phrases appear in major U.S. newspapers, according to the Nexis database
We have a winner! Midwesterners work harder. Eat it, America.