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Workers in private industry received an average of 8 paid holidays in 2017

February 27, 2018

Seventy-seven percent of private industry workers had access to paid holidays in March 2017. On average these workers received 8 paid holidays per year. Nearly all workers in the manufacturing and information industries (97 percent) had access to paid holidays. That compares with 37 percent of workers in leisure and hospitality.

 

 

Percent of private industry workers with access to paid holidays, March 2017
Industry Percent with access

All workers

77%

Manufacturing

97

Information

97

Financial activities

94

Education and health services

82

Trade, transportation, and utilities

81

Professional and business services

78

Construction

73

Other services

65

Leisure and hospitality

37

Workers in manufacturing and financial activities received an average of 9 paid holidays per year. Workers in leisure and hospitality received an average of 6 paid holidays per year, the fewest among the major industries.

 

 

Average number of paid holidays provided to private industry workers, March 2017
Industry Average number of days

All workers

8

Manufacturing

9

Financial activities

9

Information

8

Professional and business services

8

Education and health services

8

Other services

8

Construction

7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

7

Leisure and hospitality

6

These data are from the National Compensation Survey — Benefits program. For information about workers with access to specific holidays, see the holiday profiles page. To learn more, see our most recent annual bulletin on benefits.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Workers in private industry received an average of 8 paid holidays in 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/workers-in-private-industry-received-an-average-of-8-paid-holidays-in-2017.htm (visited November 19, 2019).

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