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Leave benefits, March 2013

November 07, 2013

In March 2013, paid holidays were provided to 76 percent of civilian workers and paid vacation days were available to 74 percent.


Access to leave benefits, civilian workers, March 2013
Type of leavePercent

Paid holidays


Paid vacations


Paid jury duty leave


Paid sick leave


Paid funeral leave


Paid personal leave


Paid military leave


Family leave







Among major occupational groups, natural resources, construction, and maintenance workers were the most likely to have access to paid holidays, while service workers were the least likely (85 percent vs. 57 percent, respectively). Management, professional, and related workers were the most likely to have access to paid sick leave (85 percent); service workers were the least likely (47 percent).

Paid jury duty leave, paid sick leave, and paid funeral leave benefits were available to about two-thirds of civilian workers: 66 percent, 65 percent, and 64 percent, respectively.

Personal leave, a general-purpose leave benefit, used for reasons important to the individual employee, was provided to 41 percent of civilian workers. A similar percentage, 39 percent, of civilian workers had access to military leave that allows absence from work to fulfill military commitments.

Unpaid family leave, granted to an employee to care for a family member, was available to 87 percent of civilian workers, while 12 percent of civilian workers had access to paid family leave.

These data are from the National Compensation Survey - Benefits program. For more information, see Table 32 (PDF) (HTML) from the Paid Time-Off Benefits section of Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2013, Bulletin 2776.  Civilian workers includes workers in the private nonfarm economy except those in private households, and workers in the public sector, except the federal government.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Leave benefits, March 2013 on the Internet at (visited November 29, 2015).


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