Where Do You Fit In? Data Shows How Americans Spend Their Time

Where do you fit in?

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey lays everything out. For days that Americans work, here are some highlights:

  • Employed people spend an average of 7.6 hours on the job.
  • The percentage of workers doing some or all of their work at home has grown from 19 percent in 2003 to 24 percent in 2015. Management, business and financial operations occupations had the highest percentage of people working from home, at 38 percent.
  • Workers age 25 and over who had more education (a bachelor’s degree or higher) were the most likely to do some or all of their work from home, at 39 percent.
Work and work-related activities8 hours, 46 minutes8 hours, 28 minutes8 hours, 58 minutes
Sleeping7 hours, 53 minutes7 hours, 55 minutes7 hours, 51 minutes
Leisure and sports3 hours, 6 minutes2 hours, 46 minutes3 hours, 20 minutes
Eating and drinking1 hour, 5 minutes1 hour, 1 minute1 hour, 8 minutes
Housework58 minutes1 hour, 16 minutes46 minutes
Caring for household members25 minutes29 minutes23 minutes
Shopping28 minutes35 minutes23 minutes

*For people employed full time on days they worked, 2015. 

While these averages have shifted over the years, there are still some notable differences between how men and women use their time.

  • On a typical day, 85 percent of women and 67 percent of men spent time doing work around the house, such as cleaning, cooking and lawn care. These numbers have stayed relatively consistent over the years.
  • From 2003 to 2015, the percentage of men doing food preparation or cleanup at home increased from 35 percent to 43 percent. But women still spend more time in the kitchen; in 2015, 70 percent of women did food preparation and cleanup work on a typical day.
  • From 2011 to 2015, women with a child under age 6 spent 1 hour providing physical care (such as bathing or feeding a child). In comparison, men spent 25 minutes on an average day providing that same care.

The survey captures much more detailed information than is presented here. For example, the primary way most Americans relax is by watching television, at 2.8 hours per day. For people 15 and older, watching TV accounted for more than half their leisure time. The next most common way to unwind? Hanging out with friends or heading to a social event took up 41 minutes per day, on average.

Explore all of the data at bls.gov/tus. And let us know if this looks like your average day!

Author Megan Kindelan is a public affairs specialist for the Labor Department at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

BARRYSTAFF Issues Statement on Medical Marijuana

Although Governor John Kasich signed legislation earlier this month to legalize the use of medical marijuana, BarryStaff stands with many other businesses across Ohio in announcing its substance abuse policy will not change.

“We’re looking out for our clients and our employees when we say the use of marijuana is not OK,” said BarryStaff President Doug Barry. “We wouldn’t want an employee to be working under the influence of Vicodin. Medical marijuana is no different. If employees test positive, they will not work for BarryStaff.”

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce advocated for certain protections for employers – protections BarryStaff has embraced. As the agency states on its website, “The bill allows an employer to discharge, refuse to hire, discipline or take adverse employment actions against an individual with respect to tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment due to the individual’s use, possession, or distribution of medical marijuana.”

Employers simply do not need to accommodate an employee’s use of medical marijuana.

Bob Dunlevey, an OSBA board certified labor and enforcement law specialist, said “Even if marijuana is prescribed by a physician to treat a disability recognized under the American with Disabilities Act and even if the marijuana is used during off-work time, these employees will be terminated for testing positive. It is not a violation of the ADA for an employer to refuse to accommodate the medicinal use of marijuana.”

BarryStaff puts clients and employees first. The welfare of both parties is of paramount interest to the company. These priorities ultimately reinforced its long-administered substance abuse policy.

BarryStaff Holds Successful Job Fair


There were several unknowns.

BarryStaff opened its Springfield branch in 2015 and expectations for a job fair in mid-June were somewhat tempered. Did people know about the new office? If not, were they willing to find it?

There was nothing to worry about.

The job fair, held June 8, was more successful than BarryStaff ever imagined. More than 50 percent of the applicants interviewed were qualified to fill oft-needed positions at Clark County area companies.

One man, who said he saw advertisements for the job fair in the newspaper and on TV, said people are willing to do anything to work.

“I think (job fairs) are a good thing,” he said. “There are a lot of people who need jobs and there are a lot of good workers who aren’t working.”

Roughly 25 people interviewed over the span of a few hours.

BarryStaff is currently in the midst of planning another job fair, this time at the company’s headquarters in Dayton. Details will be released as plans are finalized.

BarryStaff Hires Communications Director

BarryStaff is happy to announce the hire of Andy Sedlak as communications director.

In the age of social media and digital marketing, this represents a first for the 32-year-old BarryStaff.

“We are excited to add Andy to the team,” said President Doug Barry. “His skills will allow BarryStaff the ability to increase our level of service to clients.”

Sedlak, after previously working in television news, newspapers and radio, said the opportunity to work on behalf of BarryStaff excites him.

“This is a great organization with a terrific heritage and an admirable commitment to the Dayton area,” he said. “I look forward to meeting our clients, our employees and those of you in the media I haven’t gotten to know yet.”

Sedlak can be contacted about reserving BarryStaff’s Community Room for off-site work retreats, community events and information about the local manufacturing industry.  His email address is andy@barrystaff.com.

BarryStaff Celebrates 1 Year in New Facility

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BarryStaff is pleased to announce a milestone in its commitment to the downtown Dayton area.

The company’s brand new 13,000 square foot facility opened June 1, 2015 on Webster Street. One year later, BarryStaff continues to work with local companies to supply industrial, clerical and permanent job placements.

BarryStaff is also the only business in Dayton licensed to screen travelers for the TSA Pre-Check program.

Ground was broken on the new facility in December 2014. The 32-year-old business is proud of its downtown Dayton heritage, having operated from three other downtown locations since 1982.

“Our new facility has allowed us the space to better serve our applicants and expand our services to our clients,” said President and CEO Doug Barry.

The Pam and Warren Barry Community Room also opened in 2015. To date, more than 50 businesses and organizations have requested to utilize the room for off-site retreats. With enough space for 80 people, white boards and an exquisite view of downtown Dayton, BarryStaff is proud to serve business professionals on its home turf.

10 Interesting Facts About Ohio


1. The Buckeye state

Ohio is popularly known as the Buckeye State. Reason….? The buckeye trees which are spread throughout the Ohio River Valley. These trees produce small brown nuts resembling the eye of a deer; and hence the name buckeye. Bonus fact: carrying one in your pocket brings good luck.

2. One and only Presidential Museum

Ohio is home to the “One and Only Presidential Museum” which honors John Hanson and eight others, who were elected and served one year terms before the Constitution was written. This being said John Hanson, technically becomes the first president of the United States.

3. Mother of modern Presidents

Ohio State has been nicknamed “Mother of Modern Presidents,” as Ohio is the birthplace of seven U.S. presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft and Warren G. Harding. Two Ohio presidents: Grant and McKinley are portrayed on the US Currency, which is kind of a big deal, don’t you think.

4. River on fire

No! This isn’t a joke. The Cuyahoga River has caught fire at least 13 times and is therefore nicknamed “The River That Caught Fire.” It was one of the most polluted rivers in the country and would easily catch fire when sparks from the train would fall into the water. Only after elaborate media coverage it was cleaned up in 1969.

5. Glacial Grooves

The Glacial Grooves on Kelleys Island is a National Natural Landmark. It is considered to be the largest and most easily reachable such groove on this planet. It is quite amazing to see scratches and grooves on the bedrock left behind by the great ice sheet that covered part of North America 18,000 years ago, as it dragged over the surface.

6. The birthplace of aviation

Ohio is considered as “The Birthplace of Aviation.” The Wright Brothers, credited as inventors of the first airplane hailed from Dayton.

7. Astronaut’s hub

Ohio is home to 24 astronauts. Why so many? Role models such as Senator John Glenn, the oldest man to travel into outer space (“the first all Ohio crew”) and not to forget, Neil Armstrong, the first human ever to walk on the Moon have been inspirational for the buckeyes.

8. Home sweet Trash…?

Sounds gross right…? But it actually is pretty cool. A couple from Philo, Ohio has made a house completely out of trash and it turned out to be amazing. The idea was to show how much can be made out of recycled material and the couple nailed it. The house has now been opened up for tours.

9. Company in a basket

Longaberger Company takes the cake when it comes to being unique. Longaberger Company, a manufacturer of wood baskets and lifestyle products, Newark has its corporate office in the world’s largest basket. Today, it not only functions as the headquarters of the company but is a tourist attraction too. Thousands of fans flock to Newark every year to get a glimpse of the basket.

10. The Y Bridge

Would you believe it if I say that there’s a bridge which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river? Well believe it or not, the Y Bridge in Zanesville is one such bridge. It was opened in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers and has been reconstructed four times at the same place.