Unemployed Americans Watch 90 Percent More TV Than Those With Jobs

Brittany M. Hughes | September 3, 2015
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Unemployed people in the United States watch about 90 percent more television and shop about 40 percent more than people who have jobs, according to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The BLS’s 2014 American Time Use Survey shows the average employed person spends about 4.6 hours a week shopping, while the average unemployed person spends about 6.44 hours per week doing the same thing.

And while an employed American spends a little less than 10 hours watching television during the weekdays, an unemployed person stays glued to the tube for more than 18 hours in the same time frame.

The survey also shows that, in 2014, unemployed people also slept an average of 9.4 hours -- about 11 percent -- more per day than people who have jobs (8.4 hours).

It's a hard knock life.