13 percent of private industry workers had access to paid family leave in March 2016

November 04, 2016

In March 2016, 13 percent of all private workers had access to paid family leave. Twenty-four percent of workers in management, professional, and related occupations had access to paid family leave, more than any other major occupation. Within this subset of workers, 28 percent of workers with management, business, and financial jobs had access to paid family leave, the greatest proportion of any occupation measured. 

Percentage of private industry workers with access to paid family leave, March 2016
Occupation Percentage

All workers

13%

Management, professional, and related

24

Management, business, and financial

28

Professional and related

22

Service

7

Sales and office

13

Sales and related

8

Office and administrative support

16

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

8

Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and forestry

7

Installation, maintenance, and repair

9

Production, transportation, and material moving

6

Production

8

Transportation and material moving

5

Workers in production, transportation, and material moving jobs (6 percent), service jobs (7 percent), and natural resources, construction, and maintenance jobs (8 percent) were the least likely to have access to paid family leave of the major occupations measured. 

Family leave is granted to an employee to care for a family member and includes paid maternity and paternity leave. Paid family leave is given in addition to any sick leave, vacation, personal leave, or short-term disability leave that is available to the employee. These data are from the National Compensation Survey — Benefits program. For more information, see National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2016.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 13 percent of private industry workers had access to paid family leave in March 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/13-percent-of-private-industry-workers-had-access-to-paid-family-leave-in-march-2016.htm (visited October 23, 2017).

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