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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: 1.92 in 2023 Historical Data

Eating and drinking: 1.20 in 2023 Historical Data

Leisure and sports: 5.15 in 2023 Historical Data

Sleeping: 9.07 in 2023 Historical Data

Caring for and helping household children, parents: 1.40 in 2023 Historical Data

Working, employed persons: 5.02 in 2023 Historical Data

Working on days worked, employed persons: 7.75 in 2023 Historical Data


Working, employed persons: 64.7 in 2023 Historical Data

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation: 21.1 in 2023 Historical Data

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News Releases

35% of employed people do some or all of their work at home on days they work in 2023


In 2023, 35 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home on days they worked, and 73 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at their workplace.
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In 2021-22, 14% of the U.S. population, or 37.1 million people, provide unpaid eldercare


Fourteen percent of the U.S. population provides eldercare--unpaid care for someone with a condition related to aging--to others. On a given day, 28 percent of eldercare providers engage in eldercare, spending an average of 3.6 hours in eldercare activities.

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The Economics Daily

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More than 11 million people volunteered on an average day in 2022

National Volunteer Month, celebrated in April, honors the nation’s volunteers and encourages people to get out and lend a hand. On an average day in 2022, more than 11 million people volunteered in some manner. Of these, approximately 7 million were women and 4 million were men. 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 »