July 03, 2007
On an average day in 2006, 84 percent of women and 64 percent of men spent some time doing household activities, such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management.
On the days that they did household activities, women spent an average of 2.7 hours on such activities while men spent 2.1 hours.
On an average day, 20 percent of men did housework—such as cleaning or doing laundry—compared with 52 percent of women. Thirty-seven percent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 65 percent of women.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Household activities in 2006 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jul/wk1/art02.htm (visited November 26, 2015).
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