Women account for all of the increase in prime-age adults' annual work hours from 1979 to 2016: Average annual hours worked, and changes in hours worked, weeks worked, and weekly hours, adults ages 25–54, 1979–2016

Average annual hours Percent change, 1979–2016
1979 2016 Annual hours Weeks worked Weekly hours
All prime-age adults (includes nonearners)
All 1,231.3 1,327.1 7.8% 6.4% 1.3%
Men 1,874.1 1,637.1 -12.6% -4.5% -8.5%
Women 743.3 1,053.3 41.7% 21.9% 16.3%
Prime-age earners only
All 1,817.0 1,976.8 8.8% 6.4% 2.2%
Men 2,088.5 2,104.8 0.8% 1.9% -1.1%
Women 1,518.3 1,840.8 21.2% 12.7% 7.6%

Note: Nonearners are those who reported that they did not work any hours or earn any wages over the course of an entire year.

Source: Authors’ analysis of Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement microdata

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