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Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Statistics and Work

Most of you know that I love information, government, history and economics. What you might not know is that I also love statistics (I can't imagine why I was not more popular in high school?). My love of stats brought me to the first ever American Time-Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Among the interesting stats:

--Employed adult women (18 years and over) spent about an hour more per day than employed adult men doing household activities and caring for household members.

--On an "average day" in 2003, persons in the U.S. age 15 and over slept
about 8.6 hours, spent 5.1 hours doing leisure and sports activities,
worked for 3.7 hours, and spent 1.8 hours doing household activities. The
remaining 4.8 hours were spent in a variety of other activities, including
eating and drinking, attending school, and shopping.

--Twenty percent of men reported doing housework--such as cleaning or doing laundry--compared with 55 percent of women. About 35 percent of men did food preparation or cleanup versus 66 percent of women.

--Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time, accounting for about half of leisure time on average for both men and women. Socializing, such as visiting with friends or attending or hosting social events, was the next most common leisure activity, accounting for about three-quarters of an hour per day for both sexes.

FOR DISCUSSION: Take a look at the report. How do you match up with the "average American"?

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