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Fact of the Week: 9 October 2012

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Less Than Half of Workers Age 65+ Have Access to Paid Leave

"On average, 59 percent of wage and salary workers had access to paid leave* at their main jobs in 2011. Workers age 45 to 54 were more likely to have access to paid leave than workers in other age categories," according to a 2012 analysis of data from the American Time Use Survey. Among workers age 45-54, almost 70% report having access to paid leave, compared to 63% of those age 55-64. Workers age 65+ are less likely to have access to paid leave, with 45.5% reporting this benefit.

*Paid leave includes vacation time, time off for medical reasons, personal time off, etc. The data represent only workers' knowledge on these topics; workers sometimes do not know whether they can use leave until they have a need to do so.

Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012). Access to paid leave, 2011. TED: The editor's desk. Washington, DC: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from

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