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89% of full-time employed persons work on an average weekday in 2018


In 2018, 89 percent of full-time employed persons worked on an average weekday, compared with 31 percent on an average weekend day. Full-time employed persons averaged 8.5 hours of work on weekdays they worked, and 5.4 hours on weekend days they worked.
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In 2015-16, 16% of the U.S. population, or 41.3 million people, provide unpaid eldercare


Sixteen percent of the U.S. population provides unpaid eldercare to others. On a given day, 26 percent of eldercare providers engage in eldercare, spending an average of 2.8 hours in eldercare activities.

Access to and Use of Leave


In 2011, 90 percent of wage and salary workers had access to paid or unpaid leave at their main jobs. Twenty-one percent of wage and salary workers took paid or unpaid leave during an average week and those who did took an average of 15.6 hours.

Married Parents' Use of Time Summary


In the years 2003-06, married mothers who were employed full time were more likely to do household activities and provide childcare on an average day than were married fathers who were employed full time. Among full-time workers, married fathers were more likely to work than were married mothers.


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