Overview of BLS Statistics on Spending and Time Use

One BLS program produces data on consumer unit (household) spending, and one produces data on time use.

Consumer Spending

The Consumer Expenditure Survey measures the spending habits of U.S. consumers and includes data on their expenditures, income, and characteristics.

Time Use

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.



Last Modified Date: December 16, 2013