How America's jobless spend their time: men vs. women

Josh Katz reports for The New York Times, Jan. 6, 2015, that every year, the American Time Use Survey asks thousands of Americans to record a minute-by-minute account of one single day. For many “prime-age” adults, those between the ages of 25 and 54, a significant chunk of time on weekdays is taken up by work. But for the almost 30 million prime-age Americans who don’t work, a typical weekday looks far different.

Nonworkers spend much more time doing housework. Men without jobs, in particular, spend more time watching television, while women without jobs spend more time taking care of others. And the nonemployed of both sexes spend more time sleeping than their employed counterparts.

One way to see these patterns is to look at what the “average” nonemployed person does with his or her time. That’s the view you see in the charts below.

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jobless men vs women

Here’s the color code:

  • Looking for a job (yellow green)
  • TV and movies (darker blue)
  • Leisure/entertainment (sky blue)
  • Sleeping (light grey)
  • Housework (dark plum)
  • Caring for others (tan)
  • Education (mango yellow)
  • Socializing (mauve)

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0 responses to “How America's jobless spend their time: men vs. women

  1. “Men without jobs, in particular, spend more time watching television, while women without jobs spend more time taking care of others.”
    What a surprise, men sit on their Blessed Assurances and women keep busy with helping others and doing housework! Fits my family to a tee: Husband is a TValcholic and I work. Then we wonder why we are in the mess we are in, especially when God Almighty put the man in charge of and the responsiblity for the family. May the Lord have mercy on our souls and may he come quickly.

     
  2. According to the charts, those men and women who travel must socialize and sleep with each other. After that, they part ways.

     

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