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Americans’ vacation behavior has changed over the past decade – and for the better. Because, now, we’re finally starting to use it again! Project: Time Off’s State of the American Vacation 2018 surveyed more than 4,000 American workers on their vacation habits, and found fewer U.S. employees left vacation days on the table in 2017.

Use of vacation days has been on a steady incline since the 2008 Great Recession for several reasons. First, amid a tightening labor market and record-low unemployment rates, employees feel more secure in their jobs and are more willing to take time off. In the same way, as jobs have grown more demanding due to tighter staffing, people need vacation to rejuvenate and unwind. Finally, an increasing number of Millennials and Gen Zers entering the workforce have placed more emphasis on work-life balance, an important value to these generations.

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