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American Time Use Survey

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.



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Latest Numbers


Household activities: 1.95 in 2021 Historical Data

Eating and drinking: 1.19 in 2021 Historical Data

Leisure and sports: 5.27 in 2021 Historical Data

Sleeping: 8.95 in 2021 Historical Data

Caring for and helping household children, parents: 1.43 in 2021 Historical Data

Working, employed persons: 5.25 in 2021 Historical Data

Working on days worked, employed persons: 7.75 in 2021 Historical Data


Working, employed persons: 67.8 in 2021 Historical Data

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation: 21.5 in 2021 Historical Data

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News Releases

On days they work, 38% of employed persons do some work at home in 2021


In 2021, 38 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at home on days they worked, and 68 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at their workplace.
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The Economics Daily

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Nearly one-quarter of eldercare providers provided daily care from May 2020 to May 2021

From May 2020 to May 2021, 13.8 percent of the civilian population age 15 and older provided unpaid eldercare, compared with 15.0 percent who did so from May 2018 to May 2019. Of these providers, 24.7 percent provided eldercare daily from May 2020 to May 2021, compared with 20.3 percent who did so daily from May 2018 to May 2019. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Does part-time work offer flexibility to employed mothers?

Mothers working part time have jobs with reduced availability of family-friendly benefits and wages compared with mothers working full time. read more »

Spotlight on Statistics

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Job Flexibilities and Work Schedules in 2017–18

This Spotlight on Statistics looks at the percentage of wage and salary workers with flexible work arrangements, including workers’ ability and choices to work at home and adjust their work hours. This Spotlight also examines who works which schedules and why. read more »