Charts by Topic: Work and employment

Findings from the 2013 survey:

  • Employed persons worked an average of 7.6 hours on the days they worked. More hours were worked, on average, on weekdays than on weekend daysó7.9 hours compared with 5.5 hours.
  • On the days that they worked, employed men worked 53 minutes more than employed women. This difference partly reflects women's greater likelihood of working part time. However, even among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked longer than womenó8.3 hours compared with 7.7 hours.
  • Many more people worked on weekdays than on weekend days: 83 percent of employed persons worked on an average weekday, compared with 34 percent on an average weekend day. These estimates include individuals who worked on the day, regardless of whether they usually work on those days. For example, the 34 percent of workers who worked on a weekend day includes those whose jobs are typically performed on weekends, as well as those who usually work on weekdays but spent time working on the weekend.
  • On the days that they worked, 23 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at home, and 83 percent did some or all of their work at their workplace.

Percent of population who worked on weekdays and weekend days
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  • Multiple jobholders were more likely to work on a weekend day or holiday than single jobholders. (Data are from the 2013 survey).

Percent of employed persons who worked at home on an average day
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  • Self-employed workers were almost three times as likely as wage and salary workers to have done some work at home on days they worked; multiple jobholders were also more likely to work at home than single jobholders. Working at home includes any time persons did work at home and is not restricted to persons whose usual workplace is their home. (Data are from the 2013 survey).

Percent of employed persons who worked at home on an average day, by education level
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  • Among educational groups, those with a bachelor’s degree or higher were most likely to work at home. On the days they worked, 37 percent of individuals with a bachelor's degree or higher worked from home compared to 21 percent of those with some college and 14 percent of those with a high school diploma. (These data are averages for 2009 to 2013).

Percent of employed persons who did selected activities on workdays by hour of day
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  • On days that they worked, more than three-quarters of employed individuals age 15 and over worked between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Less than 10 percent of employed individuals worked between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. (These data are averages for 2009 to 2013).

 


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Last Modified Date: September 30, 2014