More Utah women help others; fewer work full time

Woman Examining Expenses

A new national survey shows women in Utah put more hours into taking care of their finances, families, homes and communities than women in most other states.

Spokesperson Kali McFadden said of the thousands of women who answered the American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Utah women spent the most minutes a day caring for family members.

“Women from Utah spend the second highest amount of time volunteering as well,” McFadden said. “Clearly most of this time in non-leisure activity is spent doing things for other people.”

McFadden, an analyst for MagnifyMoney, said 42.9 percent of Utah women work full time, the lowest figure in the U.S.

“I study finances and personal finance and in that regard that concerns me,” she continued, “in terms of the long term economic outlook for women who are devoting so much time that’s unpaid. That doesn’t make it any less valuable or anything like that. But that is something people need to consider as they think about their long term economic health.”

The Time Use Survey found that Utah women are among the country’s hardest working, spending an average of 7.9 hours a day on non-leisure activities. Those numbers leave Utah’s women ninth among the top 10 in the category.

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