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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 with No Comments »
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.

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