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Louisiana Fifth Worst State in the U.S. for Working Fathers, Study Says

Ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday (6.18), a ranking of the best and worst states in America for working dads was released this week. Though Louisiana was ranked the second worst state in the U.S. for working mothers, patriarchs in the Boot don't fair much better. WalletHub conducted the survey, analyzing the fifty states and the District of Columbia on key criteria like childcare costs and average mens health. Louisiana ranked the fifth worst state in the study, beating out New Mexico (48), West Virginia (49), Nevada (50), and Mississippi (51) for quality of life for fathers. 


According to the findings, Louisiana ranked 26th on the list for economic and social wellbeing, which analyzes rates of unemployment, graduation rates, and median family incomes. 


Louisiana came in 45th place for work-life balance, an indicator that reveals the state’s shortcomings in terms of average commute times, parental leave policies, and average length of work days. Louisiana tied in first place with Iowa, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Kansas for lowest unemployment rate for fathers with young children. The state also tied in first for another indicator: the highest average length of work days (in hours) for men. In this ranking, Louisiana tied with South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, and Texas. 


In terms of child care, the Boot came in the third-to-last spot above Idaho (in last place) and Alaska. The metric examined quality of day care, child care costs, pediatricians per capita, and quality of the state school system. A positive note was revealed in a more in-depth indicator in the study, which reported that Louisiana holds the second lowest child-care costs in the country, when adjusted for median family income. 


The study also found that Louisiana ranked in 46th place for overall health. This category examined averages for man life expectancies, mental health (including suicide) and physical health (including rates of heart disease, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, among other issues). A more in-depth metric revealed that Louisiana was in third place for lowest men’s life expectancy, behind Mississippi (in first) and Alabama. 


Check out WalletHub's graphic below to see where all the states rank. 

Source: WalletHub

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