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Fewer U.S. Workers Get Paid Vacation Days, Reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Excerpt from New York Times

Sep 04, 2013 3:50 am

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Even in an era of renewed respect for employee benefits, vacation is getting less love in the American workplace.

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Americans working in the private sector are less likely to have paid vacation days than was the case 20 years ago, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 1992-93, 82 percent of American workers reported receiving paid vacation days. Today the share is down to 77 percent. The biggest declines occurred for people working part time and for people working at establishments with fewer than 100 employees.

For most other kinds of paid leave, though, employees’ access has increased.

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