Time spent in household activities, 2008
June 29, 2009
On an average day in 2008, 83 percent of women and 64 percent of men spent some time doing household activities, such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management.
On an average day, 20 percent of men did housework—such as cleaning or doing laundry—compared with 50 percent of women.
Food preparation or cleanup activities were performed by 38 percent of men, compared with 65 percent of women.
On the days that they did household activities, women spent an average of 2.6 hours on such activities, while men spent 2.0 hours.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Time spent in household activities, 2008 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/jun/wk5/art01.htm (visited October 10, 2015).
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