People In These States Call In Sick The Most, According To Google

By Kathy Morris
Sep. 29, 2021

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Cough, cough.

Nothing is worse than hearing that sound over a cubicle wall- or worse, seeing your coworker coughing their lung out in your open office. However, for a variety of reasons including lack of PTO, a mountain of work that waits for no flu, and seasonal allergies, workers come in spewing their germs all over the place.

It got us thinking, are workers in some states more likely to call in sick than others? We hit the Google search data to find out.

Key Findings

  • Workers in Oregon call in sick the most, followed by Hawaii and Iowa.
  • In general, the West coast and Southwest seem far likelier to call in than other parts of the country.
  • North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming, Alaska, Maine, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Vermont all have bottom of the barrel search traffic for calling in sick.
  • This either means these states are super healthy– or are super unconcerned about sharing a few germs with coworkers.

States That Call In Sick The Most

  1. Oregon
  2. Hawaii
  3. Iowa
  4. Kansas
  5. Minnesota
  6. Arkansas
  7. New Mexico
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Nevada
  10. Colorado

How We Determined This

This one was fairly simple. We used the Google search “call in sick”, a common search phrase used by those who intend to call in sick but want to make sure they don’t step on any toes.

While we can’t guarantee all these workers call in sick (they might google, shrug, and go forth and sneeze all over the communal office coffee pot after all), it’s a search with loads of “calling in sick” intentions.

From there, we looked at a year of search volume– giving each workers in each state plenty of time to catch all manners of illnesses (or just get hungover) and need a day off. The higher the search volume, the more workers in that state call in sick.

But really, please don’t go to work sick

We know when you have a fever you’re really hot, but you can still be cool and not go to work sick.

If you’re too busy,

Which states call in sick the most?

Rank State
1 Oregon
2 Hawaii
3 Iowa
4 Kansas
4 Minnesota
6 Arkansas
7 New Mexico
7 Wisconsin
9 Nevada
10 Colorado
11 Washington
12 Idaho
13 California
14 Indiana
15 Nebraska
16 Michigan
17 Illinois
18 Utah
18 Kentucky
20 Missouri
21 New Hampshire
21 Louisiana
23 Oklahoma
24 Tennessee
25 Arizona
25 Texas
27 Alabama
28 Maryland
28 Connecticut
30 Mississippi
31 Massachusetts
32 North Carolina
33 New York
34 South Carolina
34 Montana
36 Ohio
36 Florida
38 Georgia
39 Pennsylvania
39 Virginia
41 New Jersey
42 North Dakota
42 South Dakota
42 West Virginia
42 Wyoming
42 Alaska
42 Maine
42 Delaware
42 Rhode Island
42 Vermont

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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