Paid leave collage During anaverage week, 21 percent of wage and salary workers took leave,either paid or unpaid, from their jobs. (Image:Shutterstock)

More workers have access to paid leave these days, but thatdoesn't necessarily mean that they're using it. And even thoughthey've made gains in having access to paid leave, women stilltrail men in doing so.

So says the latest report from the Bureau of LaborStatistics, which finds that in 2017–2018, 66 percent of wage andsalary workers had access to paid leave at their jobs, and 78percent had access to unpaid leave—for a total of 98 percent ofworkers who had access to paid or unpaid leave. In 2011, only 60percent of workers had access to paid leave.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.