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85 percent of women, 67 percent of men, spent time doing household activities on average day in 2015 

June 30, 2016
On a typical day in 2015, people in the United States age 15 and over spent, on average, 8.8 hours sleeping, 5.2 hours doing leisure and sports activities, 3.5 hours working or doing work-related activities, and 1.8 hours doing household activities. They spent the remaining 4.7 hours doing a variety of other activities, including eating and drinking, attending school, and shopping. Full Text »
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The high-tech industry, what is it and why it matters to our economic future

High-tech industries are an important part of the U.S. economy, employing nearly 17 million workers in 2014. While this accounted for about 12 percent of total employment, the high-tech sector contributed almost 23 percent of output. According to a study funded by the Workforce Information Council, the high-tech sector can be defined as industries having high concentrations of workers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) occupations.
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    • 70 percent
    • 68 percent
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