September 22, 1999
Women with children worked more hours each week on average in 1998 than they did in 1969, with the largest increase reported for women with children between the ages of 6 and 17.
From 1969 to 1998, hours worked of women with children age 6 to 17 increased by 2.5 hours per week. Average weekly hours at work rose by 1.4 hours for women with children age 3 to 5, and 0.6 hour for women with children under 3.
Over the 1969-98 period, hours worked for men with children declined, especially men with children under 3. Average weekly hours were down by 0.8 hour for men with children under 3, by 0.3 hour for men with children age 3 to 5, and by 0.1 hour for men with children age 6 to 17.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hours worked for women with children rise on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/sept/wk4/art03.htm (visited November 28, 2015).
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