How Do Americans Spend Their Time?

Employed persons worked an average of 7.6 hours on the days they worked, according to the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

On the days they worked, employed men worked 42 minutes more than employed women.  BLS says this difference partly reflects women’s greater likelihood of working part time. However, even among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked longer than women–8.2 hours compared with 7.8 hours.

On an average day, 85% of women and 67% of men spent some time doing household activities such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management. On the days they did household activities, women spent an average of 2.6 hours on such activities, while men spent 2.1 hours.

On an average day, 22% of men did housework—such as cleaning or laundry—compared with 50% of women. Forty-three percent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 70% of women. Men were slightly more likely to engage in lawn and garden care than were women—12% versus 8%, respectively.

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