A look at paid time off for military commitments in 2017

November 09, 2017

As we approach Veterans Day, we look at workers’ access to paid military leave. Twenty-nine percent of private industry workers had access to paid time off for military commitments in 2017. That compares with 33 percent in 2012 and 49 percent in 2007.

 

 

Percent of private industry workers with access to paid military leave, by industry, March 2017
Industry Percent

All workers

29%

Finance and insurance

66

Utilities

58

Information

50

Transportation and warehousing

45

Manufacturing

42

Professional and technical services

42

Educational services

40

Health care and social assistance

30

Wholesale trade

28

Retail trade

23

Real estate and rental and leasing

18

Construction

10

Administrative and waste services

9

Accommodation and food services

6

The share of workers offered this benefit varies across industries. Access to paid military leave ranged from 6 percent in the accommodation and food services industry to 66 percent in finance and insurance.

Access to paid military leave varied based on the size and region of the establishments and the union status of workers. For example, 41 percent of workers in establishments with 100 or more workers had access to paid military leave, compared with 18 percent of workers in establishments with fewer than 100 workers.

 

 

Percent of private industry workers with access to paid military leave, by establishment size and region and union status of workers, March 2017
Characteristics Percent

All workers

29%

Establishment size

 

1 to 99 workers

18

100 workers or more

41

Region

 

Northeast

33

South

31

Midwest

26

West

24

Union status

 

Union

40

Nonunion

28

Thirty-three percent of private industry workers in the Northeast and 31 percent of workers in the South had access to paid military leave. In the Midwest 26 percent had access, and in the West 24 percent had access.

Forty percent of union workers and 28 percent of nonunion workers had access to paid military leave.

These data are from the National Compensation Survey — Benefits program. For more information, see our most recent annual bulletin on benefits.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, A look at paid time off for military commitments in 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/a-look-at-paid-time-off-for-military-commitments-in-2017.htm (visited November 23, 2017).

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