Nevada ranked as worst state for working dads

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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Fatherhood is a responsibility which changes over time. The contemporary dad no longer fits neatly into the standard of the married breadwinner and disciplinarian. That’s been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, where many fathers have been working from home and have taken on more childcare duties as a result.

Not all working dads are in the same situation, though. Those who live in states with greater economic opportunity and quality of life have it better than others.

In order to determine the best states for men who play a dual role of parent and provider, the financial website WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of friendliness toward working fathers, ranging from the average length of the work day for males to child-care costs to the share of men in good or better health.

Their view of Nevada couldn’t be worse.

The Silver State came in dead last in the survey, finishing at the bottom in categories of “Lowest Median Family Income”, and “Highest Unemployment Rate for Dads”, with a 2nd-to-last finish in the category of “Highest Child Care Costs”

Massachusetts, The District of Columbia and Minnesota were ranked as the best states for working dads, while Nevada, New Mexico and Louisiana held the bottom 3 positions.

For look at the full study, click here.