How do married parents use their time?
August 29, 2012
In 2009, married mothers who worked full time and whose husbands also worked full time were less likely to do housework on an average weekday than were married mothers employed part time or not employed. Mothers here refer to women who have children under age 18 in their household.
Married fathers (those employed full time with household children under age 18) with wives employed full time were more likely to do housework (a total of 19 percent) than those with wives employed part time (14 percent) or those whose wives were not employed (12 percent).
A total of 44 percent of all husbands spent time in food preparation and cleanup in 2009, ranging from 36 percent of husbands of wives not employed for pay to about 50 percent of full-time working wives. About 85 percent of all wives spent time in food preparation and cleanup, ranging from 79 percent of full-time working wives to 90 percent of wives not employed for pay.
In 2009, 56 percent of all husbands were engaged in childcare activities with household children, compared with 87 percent of all wives.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, How do married parents use their time? on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120829.htm (visited December 13, 2018).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- Workers in Alternative Employment Arrangements
A look at independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers, and workers provided by contract firms.
- Labor force characteristics of people with a disability
Examines the labor force characteristics of people with a disability and compares them with the characteristics of people with no disability.
- A Look at Contingent Workers
Examines people who do not expect their jobs to last or who report that their jobs are temporary.
- Race, Economics, and Social Status
Examines Consumer Expenditure Survey data to explore social and economic factors by race and ethnicity.