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Table 4. Workers who took leave from their jobs during an average week, hours of leave taken, and main reason for taking leave, by selected characteristics, averages for the period 2017-2018

Table 4. Workers who took leave from their jobs during an average week, hours of leave taken, and main reason for taking leave, by selected characteristics, averages for the period 2017-2018
Characteristic Total
workers
(in thou-
sands)
Workers who took paid or unpaid leave during an average week for any reason
Total
(in thou-
sands)
Percent Average
hours of
leave
taken
Percent distribution by main reason for taking leave
Total Own
illness or
medical
care
Illness or
medical
care of a
family
member
Childcare
or
eldercare
(other
than for
illness)
Vaca-
tion
Errands
or
personal
reasons
Birth or
adoption
of a child
Holiday Weather Other

Age

Total, 15 years and over

144,295 29,937 20.7 13.67 100.0 21.9 8.0 3.1 31.0 19.8 1.4 6.9 1.8 6.2

15 to 24 years

21,296 3,476 16.3 11.86 100.0 22.3 11.1 1.9 23.9 21.5 z 5.2 0.6 13.4

25 to 34 years

33,682 7,138 21.2 13.88 100.0 17.9 7.7 2.4 32.6 20.5 4.1 7.2 1.9 5.7

35 to 44 years

30,159 6,731 22.3 12.79 100.0 23.4 11.4 6.6 28.2 14.8 1.4 7.1 2.2 4.9

45 to 54 years

29,484 6,411 21.7 13.10 100.0 24.3 4.0 1.9 30.5 24.4 0.4 6.9 1.6 6.1

55 to 64 years

22,514 4,984 22.1 16.31 100.0 21.1 7.9 2.2 38.0 17.0 z 7.1 2.7 4.0

65 years and over

7,160 1,197 16.7 14.68 100.0 26.4 3.7 1.8 31.0 25.0 0.4 7.0 z 4.7

Sex

Men

74,830 14,337 19.2 13.54 100.0 22.2 5.5 2.6 32.4 21.0 0.3 7.5 1.9 6.5

Women

69,465 15,600 22.5 13.79 100.0 21.6 10.3 3.6 29.6 18.6 2.4 6.3 1.7 5.9

Race(1)

White

115,129 24,799 21.5 13.41 100.0 21.5 8.1 3.3 30.5 19.9 1.4 7.3 1.8 6.2

Black or African American

17,924 3,087 17.2 15.45 100.0 26.4 6.2 1.3 30.2 23.3 0.5 5.0 2.7 4.3

Asian

7,849 1,230 15.7 14.38 100.0 18.3 3.6 4.8 44.2 14.4 3.6 4.9 1.8 4.6

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity(2)

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

24,375 3,860 15.8 12.86 100.0 30.1 9.6 3.4 23.1 25.5 0.2 1.4 1.6 5.1

Non-Hispanic or Latino

119,920 26,077 21.7 13.79 100.0 20.7 7.8 3.1 32.1 18.9 1.5 7.7 1.8 6.3

Educational attainment (25 years and over)

Less than a high school diploma

6,743 1,115 16.5 13.40 100.0 40.4 8.6 0.4 22.9 20.7 z 1.2 5.8 z

High school graduates, no college

31,425 6,067 19.3 14.87 100.0 20.2 8.1 1.4 35.5 18.7 1.1 5.3 3.6 6.1

Some college or associate degree

29,407 6,216 21.1 13.97 100.0 29.4 6.3 3.7 24.8 20.9 1.1 8.4 1.9 3.6

Bachelor's degree and higher

55,424 13,063 23.6 13.47 100.0 17.4 7.9 4.2 34.4 19.2 2.1 7.8 0.9 6.1

Parent of a household child

Parent of a household child under 18 years

47,693 10,463 21.9 13.14 100.0 18.1 13.3 6.8 27.2 17.3 3.8 6.1 1.9 5.5

Parent of a child 13 to 17 years (none younger)

10,003 2,215 22.1 11.17 100.0 23.4 9.1 2.6 24.0 19.4 z 9.2 0.4 12.0

Parent of a child under 13 years

37,690 8,248 21.9 13.67 100.0 16.7 14.4 8.0 28.0 16.8 4.8 5.2 2.3 3.8

Not a parent of a household child under 18 years

96,602 19,474 20.2 13.96 100.0 23.9 5.2 1.1 33.0 21.1 0.1 7.3 1.8 6.5

Occupation

Management, business, and financial operations

22,754 5,404 23.7 12.66 100.0 16.5 7.8 5.3 36.5 19.4 0.8 10.5 0.4 2.7

Professional and related

40,284 8,653 21.5 14.25 100.0 24.6 6.9 2.2 30.7 17.9 2.8 7.1 1.4 6.2

Services

23,548 4,111 17.5 14.62 100.0 25.3 10.1 0.9 30.9 15.4 0.9 4.3 0.6 11.7

Sales and related

11,290 2,149 19.0 15.02 100.0 14.9 5.8 2.1 35.0 28.8 0.2 10.1 1.1 2.0

Office and administrative support

18,967 4,536 23.9 12.32 100.0 18.8 10.5 5.5 29.0 22.2 1.6 4.5 2.6 5.2

Farming, fishing, and forestry

s s s s s s s s s s s s s s

Construction and extraction

5,853 1,069 18.3 s s s s s s s s s s s

Installation, maintenance, and repair

4,053 739 18.2 s s s s s s s s s s s

Production

8,560 1,621 18.9 13.04 100.0 24.3 6.5 1.7 25.4 13.7 0.5 8.9 5.6 13.4

Transportation and material moving

7,859 1,519 19.3 15.52 100.0 31.0 9.2 3.0 26.1 23.6 z 1.6 z 5.4

Industry

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting

1,634 345 21.1 s s s s s s s s s s s

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

s s s s s s s s s s s s s s

Construction

6,860 1,281 18.7 11.06 100.0 21.9 2.9 1.2 24.6 30.1 z 11.5 7.1 0.7

Manufacturing

16,185 3,560 22.0 13.34 100.0 21.3 3.1 2.0 32.4 20.2 0.5 10.8 3.4 6.4

Wholesale and retail trade

18,030 3,315 18.4 15.64 100.0 22.0 7.0 1.4 33.8 19.9 0.2 11.0 3.0 1.7

Transportation and utilities

7,357 1,693 23.0 16.72 100.0 29.6 7.4 1.4 28.7 20.2 2.1 3.7 0.5 6.4

Information

2,685 822 30.6 s s s s s s s s s s s

Financial activities

10,370 2,397 23.1 14.16 100.0 18.5 2.6 3.9 40.6 24.9 1.8 4.9 z 2.9

Professional and business services

16,778 3,400 20.3 11.96 100.0 23.9 6.8 4.9 30.1 19.1 1.3 8.5 1.5 3.9

Education and health services

37,294 6,999 18.8 14.23 100.0 22.0 11.1 4.9 28.8 15.5 2.8 4.1 1.5 9.3

Leisure and hospitality

13,450 2,316 17.2 12.54 100.0 14.3 18.3 1.0 30.3 20.5 1.3 3.9 z 10.4

Other services

5,475 977 17.8 s s s s s s s s s s s

Public administration

7,552 2,688 35.6 13.70 100.0 23.3 7.3 1.5 28.8 21.8 1.2 6.3 1.5 8.4

Class of worker

Private sector

118,872 23,662 19.9 13.71 100.0 21.1 7.8 3.1 32.1 19.7 1.4 7.2 2.0 5.6

Private, for profit

107,072 21,132 19.7 13.87 100.0 20.5 7.8 2.6 33.0 20.4 1.4 7.4 2.1 4.7

Private, not for profit

11,800 2,530 21.4 12.37 100.0 26.2 8.1 6.7 24.5 13.7 1.9 5.2 0.6 13.2

Public sector

25,423 6,275 24.7 13.52 100.0 24.7 8.7 3.3 26.9 19.9 1.2 5.7 1.3 8.3

Federal government

4,595 1,525 33.2 10.54 100.0 32.9 9.1 5.4 19.5 18.1 0.9 6.2 z 7.8

State government

8,807 2,225 25.3 13.56 100.0 25.0 7.2 3.1 25.6 25.6 1.2 6.2 1.8 4.2

Local government

12,022 2,524 21.0 15.29 100.0 19.6 9.7 2.2 32.5 16.0 1.3 4.9 1.7 12.1

Full- and part-time status (single jobholders only)(3)

Full-time workers

106,369 22,606 21.3 14.02 100.0 21.9 7.2 2.7 33.6 18.3 1.4 7.2 2.1 5.7

Part-time workers

25,882 4,433 17.1 11.38 100.0 23.9 13.6 5.0 22.1 24.4 0.8 3.9 1.1 5.2

Usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary
workers (single jobholders only)

Earnings less than or equal to the 25th percentile

25,200 3,860 15.3 14.83 100.0 30.3 9.4 3.7 22.9 17.4 2.2 3.6 5.0 5.4

Earnings from 25th to 50th percentiles

26,521 6,221 23.5 13.21 100.0 23.7 8.4 2.7 29.8 17.9 1.1 6.4 2.3 7.7

Earnings from 50th to 75th percentiles

27,193 6,313 23.2 13.91 100.0 18.5 6.5 2.2 40.3 18.2 0.9 7.2 1.4 4.9

Earnings greater than the 75th percentile

27,454 6,213 22.6 14.45 100.0 18.4 5.3 2.5 37.1 19.4 1.6 10.2 0.7 4.7

Work schedule flexibility(4)

Had flexible schedule

81,533 17,494 21.5 13.54 100.0 20.3 9.0 3.9 31.7 19.1 1.0 7.6 1.1 6.2

Did not have flexible schedule

62,762 12,443 19.8 13.85 100.0 24.1 6.6 2.0 29.9 20.7 1.9 5.8 2.9 6.1

Workplace flexibility(5)

Could work at home

41,571 9,540 22.9 12.83 100.0 17.9 8.4 4.1 32.1 22.0 1.1 9.6 0.8 4.1

Could not work at home

102,338 20,309 19.8 14.10 100.0 23.7 7.9 2.7 30.5 18.7 1.5 5.5 2.3 7.2

(1) Estimates for race groups (White, Black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to the total because data are not presented for all races.
(2) Persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be of any race.
(3) Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more per week. Part-time workers usually work less than 35 hours per week.
(4) Workers with flexible schedules were able to vary or change the times they began and stopped working.
(5) The subcategories do not sum to the totals because a small number of workers did not provide this information.
s - Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey publication standards.
z - Estimate is approximately zero.

Note: Data refer to wage and salary workers at their main jobs. All self-employed workers (including workers with incorporated businesses and those with unincorporated businesses) are excluded. Unless otherwise specified, data refer to workers 15 years and over.

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Last Modified Date: August 29, 2019