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Fast Figures: work habit data

Posted by Kitty McConnell on June 26, 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2012 results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).

The annual report surveys selected households based on participation in 8 monthly Current Population Surveys conducted by BLS and the Census Bureau. Started in 2003, ATUS measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.

ATUS 2012 revealed the following data about Americans in the workplace:

--Employed Americans work an average of 7.7 hours daily

--Full-time employed men work an average of 8.5 hours daily compared to 7.9 hours reported by FT employed women

--83% of employees work on weekdays compared to 34% who reported working on an average Saturday or Sunday

--23% of the workforce do some of all of their work from home

--38% of people aged 25+ with bachelor’s degrees report do some work from home compared to only 5% of those with less than a high school diploma

Access the full data file and past ATUS results here

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