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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

  • Interactive charts
  • More tools for accessing historic time-use estimates for over 100 activities by sex and day of week, age group, employment status, and for parents. For more information, see the ATUS Database page.

ATUS News Releases

Current

89% of full-time employed persons work on an average weekday in 2018

06/19/2019

In 2018, 89 percent of full-time employed persons worked on an average weekday, compared with 31 percent on an average weekend day. Full-time employed persons averaged 8.5 hours of work on weekdays they worked, and 5.4 hours on weekend days they worked.
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In 2017-18, 16% of the U.S. population, or 40.4 million people, provide unpaid eldercare

11/22/2019

Sixteen percent of the U.S. population provides eldercare--unpaid care for someone with a condition related to aging--to others. On a given day, 26 percent of eldercare providers engage in eldercare, spending an average of 3.4 hours in eldercare activities.
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About 1 in 4 workers occasionally work at home and more than half have flexible schedules

09/24/2019

In 2017-18, 25 percent of wage and salary workers worked at home at least occasionally, and 15 percent of wage and salary workers had days they only worked at home. Fifty-seven percent of workers had a flexible schedule in which they could vary the times they began and stopped working.
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66% of wage and salary workers are able to take paid leave from their jobs in 2017-18

08/29/2019

In 2017-18, 66 percent of wage and salary workers had access to paid leave at their jobs, an increase from 2011. Seventy-eight percent of workers had access to unpaid leave.
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To receive e-mail announcements about the American Time Use Survey, please contact the ATUS staff.

 

ATUS Tables

Tables

Civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and over

Note: Historical estimates (from 2003 to the most recent year) for tables A-1 and A-2 are available through the ATUS Database.

Employed persons

  • Table A-4. Percent of employed persons working on their main job on days they worked, by occupation and hour of day,
    2013-17 (HTML) (PDF) 2011-15 (HTML) (PDF) 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,
    2013-17 (HTML) (PDF) 2011-15 (HTML) (PDF) 2009-13 (HTML) (PDF) 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,
    2013-17 (HTML) (PDF) 2011-15 (HTML) (PDF) (XLSX) 2009-13 (HTML) (PDF) (XLS) 2007-11 (HTML) (PDF) (XLS) 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,
    2013-17 (HTML) (PDF) 2011-15 (HTML) (PDF) (XLSX) 2009-13 (HTML) (PDF) (XLS) 2007-11 (HTML) (PDF) (XLS) 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

Charts

The following charts provide a snapshot of how people use their time. These lists are not exclusive—they only contain some of the most interesting or commonly cited statistics from the survey.

Activities by sex and day

Activities by employment status

Activities by age

Working activities for employed persons

Household, caring, and leisure activities

 

ATUS Database

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Historical Tables

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American Time Use Survey (ATUS) Historical News Release Tables
American Time Use Survey (ATUS) Results Tables
Historical 'A-1' Tables
Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each activity, averages per day Tables
Historical 'A-2' Tables
Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each activity, averages per day on weekdays and weekend days Tables

More Tools

  • Series Report — Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • Series ID Spreadsheets: A Tables — Spreadsheets with series IDs corresponding to estimates published on tables A-1 and A-2, which provide time-use estimates for over 100 activities by sex and day of week. Series IDs are available by age, employment status, and parental status.

ATUS Data Files

Data Files

Single-Year Data Files Multi-Year Data Files Module Data Files

How to use ATUS microdata files

Survey Documentation

Data files do not contain time-use estimates. Time-use estimates are available from:

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

 

Latest Numbers

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AVERAGE HOURS PER DAY News Release

Household activities:
1.78 in 2018 Historical Data

Eating and drinking:
1.19 in 2018 Historical Data

Leisure and sports:
5.27 in 2018 Historical Data

Sleeping:
8.82 in 2018 Historical Data

Caring for and helping household children, parents:
1.39 in 2018 Historical Data

Working, employed persons:
5.11 in 2018 Historical Data

Working on days worked, employed persons:
7.62 in 2018 Historical Data

PERCENT PARTICIPATING ON AN AVERAGE DAY

Working, employed persons:
67.0 in 2018 Historical Data

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation:
19.1 in 2018 Historical Data

Estimates are annual averages for the civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and over unless noted. Activities refer to an individual's main activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.