U.S. men work longer days than women: study

Time-use survey from the U.S. Department of Labor shows women work about an hour less than men per day

American men work about an hour more than women per day, according to data from Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labour.

That stats show that in 2003, on the days that they worked, employed men worked about an hour more than employed women — 8.0 hours versus 7.1 hours.

Other findings from the survey include:

•Employed adult women (18 years and over) spent about an hour more per day than employed adult men doing household activities and caring for household members.

•On days that they worked, about one in five employed persons did some or all of their work at home.

•Adults in households without children spent 1.4 more hours per day engaged in leisure and sports activities than those with children.

The average day for a typical American

On an average day in 2003, people in the U.S. age 15 and over slept about 8.6 hours, spent 5.1 hours doing leisure and sports activities, worked for 3.7 hours and spent 1.8 hours doing various household activities.

The remaining 4.8 hours were spent in a variety of other activities, including eating and drinking, attending school and shopping.

Average work day for employed Americans

•Employed persons worked 7.6 hours on average on the days that they worked. Work hours were longer on weekdays than on weekend days — 7.9 versus 5.7 hours.

•Many more people worked on weekdays than on weekends. About 82 per cent of employed persons worked on an average weekday compared to 33 per cent on an average weekend day.

•As noted earlier, on the days they worked, employed men worked about an hour more than employed women. This difference partly reflects women’s greater likelihood of working part time. But even among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked slightly longer than women — 8.3 versus 7.7 hours.

•Multiple jobholders were twice as likely as single jobholders to report work on an average Saturday or Sunday. Weekend work also was more often reported by self-employed workers than by wage and salary workers.

•Self-employed workers were far more likely than wage and salary workers to have done some work at home — 51 per cent versus 16 per cent. Multiple jobholders also were much more likely to work at home than were persons with one job.

The data for the study was gathered from the American Time Use Survey. Data collection for the survey began in January 2003. Results are based on interviews of about 21,000 individuals.

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