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How Much Time Do People Spend At Work And At Play?

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The Wall Street Journal has published a very accessible infographic titled At Work And At Play.

It shows, by ethnicity, how Americans spend their work and leisure time. The data comes from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The New York Times published a somewhat similar infographic last year, which I named number one on the The Best Interactive Infographics — 2009. They used a different source for their data, though. It would be interesting to compare the two.

Here’s what I wrote about The Times’ infographic:

The New York Times  published a fascinating infographic titled How Different Groups Spend Their Day.  Here’s how they describe it: “The American Time Use Survey asks thousands of American residents to recall every minute of a day. Here is how people over age 15 spent their time in 2008.” It actually shows what people did  every hour of everyday — sleeping, watching TV, eating, etc.  And the numbers are divided by ethnicity, age, education-background and more.  I could easily see having my students first do a similar analysis of their days and then comparing it to this infographic.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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