How Nonemployed Americans Spend Their Weekdays

Here you see what 294 adults between the ages of 25 and 54 who aren’t holding down a job are doing with their time, according to data from the American Time Use Survey. The chart is interactive at the site. It’s no surprise that women without outside jobs spend a bigger chunk of their time doing housework or caring for others, while men spend more time looking for a job than women do, as it comes down to the different reasons that people are non-employed. Women are likely to do without a job in order to care for young children or elderly relatives, while men are more likely to be either training or looking for another job.

A data visualization article at the New York Times divides the participants by what individuals spend the most of their daytime hours doing, which sometimes points to the reason they aren’t on the time clock; for example, those who spend more time on education than anything else are probably in school. What’s astonishing is the gender imbalance for the number of people who spend their greatest time watching TV or other leisure activities. -via Digg

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True! And #13 on my list of personal rules is "You're always a slave to someone -- but try to have as few masters as possible." By that I mean have as few people in your life with the power to financially ruin you. But I think having multiple sources of income decreases this number.
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