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How do you spend your time?: activity


The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) American Time Use Survey (ATUS) program conducts surveys that measure the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as work, childcare, housework, watching television, volunteering, and socializing.


After completing this activity, you will be able to create, read, and interpret pie charts. You will also be able to identify the BLS ATUS program as an excellent resource for time use data.


In this activity, you will learn about the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). You will learn how to interpret a pie chart and will be quizzed on your ability to interpret them. You’ll also create a pie chart displaying how you spend your time. Follow the instructions on the following pages to complete the activity.

Additional resources

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Analyzing a pie chart

Try analyzing a pie chart showing time use data.

Practice what you've learned

Create your own pie chart.

Tell us about your chart!

Review the chart you created and tell us about it.

Last Modified Date: June 22, 2018