Percent of men and women engaged in household activities, 2009

June 29, 2010

On an average day, 85 percent of women and 67 percent of men spent some time doing household activities such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management.

Percent of men and women engaged in household activities on an average day, 2009
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Twenty percent of men did housework—such as cleaning or doing laundry—on an average day, compared with 51 percent of women. Forty percent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 68 percent of women.

In addition, 12 percent of men did lawn and garden care on an average day, compared with 7 percent of women; 16 percent of men were in engaged in household management, while 22 percent of women were engaged in that activity.

These data are from the American Time Use Survey . To learn more, see "American Time Use Survey — 2009 Results" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-0855.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Percent of men and women engaged in household activities, 2009 on the Internet at (visited September 29, 2016).


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