Time spent at work in 2004
October 07, 2005
Employed persons worked 7.6 hours on average on the days that they worked in 2004. They also worked longer hours on weekdays than on weekend days – 7.9 versus 5.8 hours.
Many more people worked on weekdays than on weekend days. About 83 percent of employed persons worked on an average weekday, compared with 33 percent on an average weekend day.
On the days both worked, employed men worked about an hour more than employed women. The difference partly reflects women’s greater likelihood of working part time. However, even among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hour or more per week), men worked slightly longer than women – 8.3 versus 7.8 hours.
The American Time Use Survey is the source of these data on time use. You can find out more about time spent at work by various segments of the population in American Time Use Survey — 2004 (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-1766.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Time spent at work in 2004 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/oct/wk1/art05.htm (visited February 20, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
STEM occupations: past, present, and future
A look at employment and wages in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupations.
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.