U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
American Time Use Survey
American Time Use Survey 2012 Microdata Files
This page includes links to the 2012 ATUS microdata files and
supporting documentation. Researchers can use the ATUS microdata files to
produce their own time-use estimates or do other analyses. Each ZIP file
contains a data file along with computer programs that will read the data
file into SAS, SPSS, and Stata. The data files are in CSV-format
The microdata files do not contain time-use estimates. Tables showing
time-use estimates for major activity categories, selected detailed
activities, and selected demographic and labor force characteristics are
available on the ATUS Web site under the headings News
Releases, Charts and Tables.
About ATUS Data
Basic ATUS Data
2012 Basic ATUS Data Dictionaries (PDF Files)
2012 Basic ATUS Data Files
2012 Respondent file (zip) (1.0 MB) The Respondent file contains
information about ATUS respondents, including their labor force
status and earnings.
2012 Roster file (zip) (0.2 MB) The Roster file contains
information about household members and nonhousehold children (under
18) of ATUS respondents. It includes information such as age and
2012 Activity file (zip) (4.0 MB) The Activity file contains
information about how ATUS respondents spent their diary day. It
includes information such as activity codes, activity start and stop
times, and locations.
2012 Activity summary file (zip) (1.0 MB) The Activity summary
file contains information about the total time each ATUS respondent
spent doing each activity on the diary day.
2012 Who file (zip) (1.0 MB) The Who file includes codes that
indicate who was present during each activity.
2012 Eldercare Roster file (zip) (0.2 MB) The Eldercare Roster file contains
information about people for whom ATUS respondents provided care. It includes information such as age, sex, and
duration of care.
2012 file (zip) (7.0 MB) The ATUS-CPS file contains information
about each household member of all individuals selected to
participate in ATUS. The information on the ATUS-CPS file was
collected 2 to 5 months before the ATUS interview.
Additional ATUS Data
2012 Additional ATUS Data Dictionaries (PDF Files)
2012 Additional ATUS Data Files
2012 Survey Documentation
Last Modified Date: January 24, 2014