Unemployed workers derive utility from not working

Here’s a nice graphic showing the time use data from the American Time Use Survey. In a typical day, unemployed people spend:

  • 29 more minutes than employed people looking for jobs
  • 54 more minutes sleeping
  • 29 more minutes socializing
  • 52 more minutes watching TV or movies
  • 15 more minutes playing sports or on the computer
  • 0 more minutes volunteering
  • 47 more minutes doing housework

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