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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
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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Civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and over
Note: Historical estimates (from 2003 to the most recent year) for tables A-1 and A-2 are available through the ATUS Database.
Note: Tables A-6 and A-7 are updated and expanded versions of the tables appearing in the May 8, 2008 news release on Married Parents' Use of Time. To access the 2003-06 versions of these tables, see the news release.
Additional tables are available in ATUS news releases.
Unpublished tables of time-use estimates by age, ethnicity, employment status, educational attainment, marital status, presence and age of household children, and other categories are available upon request by e-mailing the ATUS staff.
The following charts provide a snapshot of how people use their time. These lists are not exclusive—they only contain some of the most interesting or commonly cited statistics from the survey.
Activities by sex and day
Activities by employment status
Activities by age
Working activities for employed persons
Household, caring, and leisure activities
Data FilesSingle-Year Data Files
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PERCENT PARTICIPATING ON AN AVERAGE DAY
Estimates are annual averages for the civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and over unless noted. Activities refer to an individual's main activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.