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ND Dads Should Celebrate Father's Day with Time Off Work

Many North Dakota dads are feeling economically secure, which is a good sign for families in the Peace Garden State. (StockSnap/Pixabay)
Many North Dakota dads are feeling economically secure, which is a good sign for families in the Peace Garden State. (StockSnap/Pixabay)
June 14, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota dads have a reason to celebrate the state they live in this Father's Day. A new survey from WalletHub finds the Peace Garden State is 12th best in the nation for working dads.

However, it also finds the workday may not be so peaceful for all dads. Although the state performs well overall in this analysis, it ranks 43rd for fathers' work-life balance. North Dakota ranks last for average length of workday.

WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez also notes the state doesn't have a parental leave policy.

"Just looking at the work-life balance, I would say parental leave policy score is the most important,” says Gonzalez. “The other things within that category include the average length of a workday and the average commute time for men – all things that can take away from time with your kids."

She says the WalletHub rankings are based on 22 items in four areas: economic and social well-being, work-life balance, child care and health.

North Dakota is tied at the top of the list for the lowest unemployment rate for dads with young children. It's also in the top five for households with the lowest percentage of kids living in poverty.

A majority of North Dakota dads are financially secure, which bodes well for their children – but the economy is still an issue for some.

Gonzalez notes that young fathers across the country aren't necessarily following in their fathers' footsteps. Student-loan debt, housing costs and other factors are holding some back.

"In terms of millennial fathers, I mean, we've seen a lot of times, things like home ownership is being pushed back,” says Gonzalez. “You could say the same thing for millennial mothers here – but really, that sense of getting a lot of things economically accomplished later on in life. "

The WalletHub analysis notes that in 1960, three-quarters of households relied on one income. Today, two-thirds depend on incomes from both parents.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - ND