During the first quarter, job absence rates slightly rose, though it remained well below levels recorded before the recession, according to Bloomberg BNA’s quarterly survey of job absence and turnover. 

Median rates of unscheduled absence, which exclude long-term absences and partial days out, are at 0.7 percent of scheduled worker days, representing a slight increase from 0.6 percent in the previous quarter as well as the first quarter of 2011. Regardless of the small gain, the first-quarter average is much lower than levels before the economic downturn between 2007 and 2009 when it was 1.5 percent in the first three months of 2006.

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