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79 percent of private industry workers had access to paid vacation leave in March 2019

July 28, 2020

The summer of COVID-19 might have many wishing for a vacation, so let’s take a look at the latest available data on paid vacation leave. In March 2019, paid vacation leave was available to 79 percent of private industry workers. Within occupational groups, 90 percent of workers in management, professional, and related occupations had access to paid vacation leave, the highest for any occupation group. Sixty-percent of workers in service occupations had paid vacation leave the lowest of any occupation group.

Percent of private industry workers with paid vacation leave, March 2019
Characteristic Percent

All private industry workers

79%

Occupation

Management, professional, and related

90

Production, transportation, and material moving

84

Sales and office

80

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

77

Service

60

Industry

Information

93

Financial activities

92

Education and health services

84

Professional and business services

80

Other services

72

Full or part time

Full time

91

Part time

42

Union membership

Union

89

Nonunion

78

Among industries, workers in the information industry were most likely to have access to paid vacation leave at 93 percent. Eighty-four percent of workers in the education and health services industry had access to paid vacations.

Full-time workers were more than twice as likely as part-time workers to have paid vacation leave available to them.

Eighty-nine percent of union members had access to paid vacation leave, compared with 78 percent of nonunion workers.

These data are from the National Compensation Survey — Benefits program. To learn more, see Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2019. For definitions of the terms related to employee benefits, see the Glossary of Employee Benefit Terms.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 79 percent of private industry workers had access to paid vacation leave in March 2019 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/79-percent-of-private-industry-workers-had-access-to-paid-vacation-leave-in-march-2019.htm (visited August 15, 2020).

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