Almost half of people employed in sales and related occupations worked weekends and holidays in 2016

July 14, 2017

On average, almost half of workers employed in sales and related occupations (47.5 percent) worked on weekends and holidays in 2016, the largest percentage among major occupational categories. A large proportion of workers in service occupations (40.2 percent) also worked on an average Saturday, Sunday, and holiday, although people employed in service occupations had the lowest rate of working weekdays (69.8 percent) among major occupational categories in 2016. 

Percent of employed persons working on days worked by occupation and day of week, 2016 annual averages
Occupation Percent working on an average weekday Percent working on an average weekend or holiday

Sales and related

82.2% 47.5%

Service

69.8 40.2

Management, business, and financial operations

88.5 32.5

Professional and related

86.9 30.1

Transportation and material moving

81.5 26.6

Construction and extraction

85.3 23.4

Production

81.7 21.2

Office and administrative support

79.7 19.5

Installation, maintenance, and repair

88.7 10.4

People employed in installation, maintenance, and repair occupations had the lowest rate of working on an average weekend or holiday (10.4 percent) among occupational categories in 2016, while they had one of the highest rates of working on an average weekday (88.7 percent).   

These data are from the American Time Use Survey. For more information, see "American Time Use Survey — 2016 Results" (HTML) (PDF). For additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: American Time Use Survey.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Almost half of people employed in sales and related occupations worked weekends and holidays in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/almost-half-of-people-employed-in-sales-and-related-occupations-worked-weekends-and-holidays-in-2016.htm (visited November 17, 2017).

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