Bureau of Labor Statistics

Household activities in 2006

July 03, 2007

On an average day in 2006, 84 percent of women and 64 percent of men spent some time doing household activities, such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management.

Percent of persons 15 years and over who spent time on household activities on an average day, by sex, 2006
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On the days that they did household activities, women spent an average of 2.7 hours on such activities while men spent 2.1 hours.

On an average day, 20 percent of men did housework—such as cleaning or doing laundry—compared with 52 percent of women. Thirty-seven percent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 65 percent of women.

The data in this report are from the American Time Use Survey program. To learn more, see "American Time Use Survey–2006 Results" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 07-0930.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Household activities in 2006 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jul/wk1/art02.htm (visited November 30, 2021).


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