Working at home is a growing phenomena, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Wednesday.
In 2014, 23 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home, a jump of 4 percentage points from 2003, the first year that the data was gathered, according to the American Time Use Survey.
The time use survey shows how Americans spend their days, including leisure and recreational time.
The number of people working at home goes up with his or her educational level, according to the survey. Of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher, 39 percent worked at home compared with 12 percent of those with less than a high school diploma.
Men put in more working hours than women, according to the data. Among full-time workers, men on average put in 8.1 hours a day compared with women, who work 7.8 hours a day.
But women put in more time in the home. Household activities occupied 2.6 hours a day of women’s time, while men put in 2.1 hours on household chores.
By the same token, 83 percent of women and 65 percent of men did household activities on an average day. One area where men are taking on more responsibility is food preparation and clean up. On an average day in 2003, 35 percent of men engaged in these activities vs. 43 percent in 2014.
When people are not working, they are watching television, according to the data. The average American over the age of 15 spent 2.8 hours a day watching TV, which was more than half of the time spent on leisure-time activities. Socializing came in second.
Reading is a dying art, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals 75 and older spent an hour on weekend days reading, while those 15 to 19 years old spent an average of eight minutes reading on weekend days. The young people’s leisure time was taken up with computers and playing games, where they spent an average of 1.2 hours, compared to 24 minutes for the older population.