The Biz Buzz

Get the most up-to-date news, insights and analysis of Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound business.

NOTICE: The Biz Buzz has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved The Biz Buzz.
Visit the new section.

BLS data show how long we work (7.7 hours daily) and how little time teens spend reading on weekend (7 minutes)

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on June 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
June 20, 2013 2:12 pm

The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday released data from the American Time Use Survey.
It’s about time.

• In 2012, on days they worked, 23 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at home. Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher were more likely to work at home than were persons with less education – 38 percent to 5 percent.
• Employed persons worked an average of 7.7 hours on the days they worked.
• On the days they worked, employed men worked 55 minutes more than employed women.
• 83 percent of employed persons worked on an average weekday, compared with 34 percent on an average weekend day.
• Self-employed workers were nearly three times more likely than wage and salary workers to have done some work at home on days worked: 56 percent compared with 20 percent. Self-employed workers also were more likely to work on weekend days than were wage and salary workers: 42 percent compared with 31 percent.
• On an average day, 82 percent of women and 65 percent of men spent some time doing household activities such as housework, cooking, lawn care or other household management.
• On the days they did household activities, women spent an average of 2.6 hours on such activities, while men spent 2.0 hours.
• On an average day, 20 percent of men did housework – such as cleaning or doing laundry compared with 48 percent of women; 39 percent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 65 percent of women.
• On an average day, nearly everyone age 15 and over – 96 percent – engaged in some sort of leisure activity, such as watching TV, socializing, or exercising. Of those who engaged in leisure activities, men spent more time in these activities, 6 hours, than did women, 5.2 hours.
• Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time, 2.8 hours per day
• Time spent reading for personal interest and playing games or using a computer for leisure varied greatly by age. Individuals age 75 and over averaged one hour of reading per weekend day and 20 minutes playing games or using a computer for leisure. Conversely, individuals ages 15 to 19 read for an average of 7 minutes per weekend day while spending one hour playing games or using a computer for leisure.

*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.