Unemployed individuals in America are more likely to go shopping, watch TV, or play sports on an average day than to look for a new job, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Less than one in five of America’s unemployed, or 18.2 percent, participated in job search and interview activities on an average day, according to the BLS data from the American Time Use Survey.
Yet 40.8 percent of the unemployed shopped on the average day by store, telephone, or Internet. Of those who shopped, 21.5 percent of those shopped for items other than groceries, food, or gas.
Most of the unemployed, 83.7 percent, watched television or movies on an average day.
About one in four of the unemployed, or 24.6 percent, participated in or watched sports, exercise, or recreation activities on an average day.