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

Announcements

NOTICE: As of January 30, 2014, ATUS data files have been relocated. Please see http://www.bls.gov/tus/data.htm for a directory of all ATUS data files. More information on the FTP-to-HTTP conversion is available at http://www.bls.gov/bls/discontinuation_ftp.htm.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: There was an error in the activity selection process for the 2010 Well-Being Module to the ATUS. Read More

ATUS News Releases

Unpaid eldercare in the United States--2011-2012

September 18, 2013
Sixteen percent of the U.S. population over age 15 provides eldercare—unpaid care for someone with a condition related to aging—to others. Nearly one-fourth of eldercare providers engage in unpaid eldercare on a given day, spending an average of 3.2 hours in eldercare activities on those days. More...
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American Time Use Survey

June 20, 2013
In 2012, on days they worked, 23 percent of employed persons spent some time working at home. Among workers age 25 and over, those with a bachelor's degree or higher were more likely to perform work from home than were persons with less education. More...
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Access to and Use of Leave

August 16, 2012
In 2011, 90 percent of wage and salary workers had access to paid or unpaid leave at their main jobs. Twenty-one percent of wage and salary workers took paid or unpaid leave during an average week and those who did took an average of 15.6 hours. More...
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Married Parents' Use of Time Summary

May 08, 2008
In the years 2003-06, married mothers who were employed full time were more likely to do household activities and provide childcare on an average day than were married fathers who were employed full time. Among full-time workers, married fathers were more likely to work than were married mothers. More...
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Archived

 

ATUS Tables

Tables

Civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and over

  • Table A-1. Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed activity category, averages per day by sex (PDFs) (2012) (2011) (2010) (2009) (2008) (2007) (2006) (2005) (2004) (2003) | (XLS)
  • Table A-2. Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day on weekdays and weekends (PDFs) (2012) (2011) (2010) (2009) (2008) (2007) (2006) (2005) (2004) (2003) (XLS)
  • Table A-3. Percent of the population engaging in selected activities by time of day, 2007-11 (HTML) (PDF) 2005-09 (HTML) (PDF) 2003-07 (HTML) (PDF)

Employed persons

  • Table A-4. Percent of employed persons working on their main job on days they worked, by occupation and hour of day,
    2011-12 (HTML) (PDF) 2005-09 (HTML) (PDF) 2003-07 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Table A-5. Percent of employed persons working on their main job on days they worked, by industry and hour of day,
    2007-11 (HTML) (PDF) 2005-09 (HTML) (PDF) 2003-07 (HTML) (PDF)

Married parents

Note: Tables A-6 and A-7 are updated and expanded versions of the tables appearing in the May 8, 2008 news release on Married Parents' Use of Time. To access the 2003-06 versions of these tables, see the news release.

  • Table A-6. Time spent in primary activities and the percent of married mothers and fathers who did the activities on an average day by employment status and age of youngest own household child, average for the combined years 2007-11 (HTML) (PDF) (XLS) and 2005-09 (HTML) (PDF) (XLS)
  • Table A-7. Time spent in primary activities by married mothers and fathers with own household children under 18 by employment status of self and spouse and age of youngest child, average for the combined years 2007-11 (HTML) (PDF) (XLS) and 2005-09 (HTML) (PDF) (XLS)

Additional tables are available in ATUS news releases.

Unpublished tables of time-use estimates by age, ethnicity, employment status, educational attainment, marital status, presence and age of household children, and other categories are available upon request by e-mailing the ATUS staff.

ATUS Charts

 

ATUS Data Files

ATUS Survey Documentation

Survey Documentation

 

ATUS Frequently Asked Questions

 

Contact ATUS

Email: ATUS staff
Telephone number: (202) 691-6339
Fax number: (202) 691-6426
Postal address: American Time Use Survey
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Suite 4675
Washington, DC 20212-0001