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BLS Data Show Unemployed Are Lazy or Depressed

By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 08:33 AM

Policy makers rely on data to make decisions affecting millions of people.

Unfortunately, data only show what people do. Data alone cannot explain why people behave in any particular way.

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) demonstrates this problem with data. BLS data include the monthly unemployment report and an annual American Time Use Survey.

From the survey, we learn how much time the average American spends working, sleeping and completing other activities.

On average, married mothers working full time spend 9 hours a day sleeping and completing personal care activities like getting ready to go out. Married mothers who are not employed spend an average of 9.6 hours a day on personal care activities.

A similar trend is seen in men. Married fathers with full-time jobs spend 8.7 hours a day resting and caring for themselves. Married fathers without jobs spend an average of 9.6 days on those activities.

The survey accounts for time spent caring for children and completing other activities.

Those without jobs, whether by choice or not, on average spend more time on themselves or asleep.

Policy makers have no way of knowing whether those without jobs are lazy and sleeping in or depressed about their predicament and unable to get out of bed.

It’s possible to argue the data provides the first insights into sleep inequality.

But before addressing the question of sleep inequality, government regulators should question whether or not they should be collecting data on American’s sleeping habits.

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MichaelCarr
Policy makers have no way of knowing whether those without jobs are lazy and sleeping in or depressed about their predicament and unable to get out of bed. It’s possible to argue the data provides the first insights into sleep inequality.
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