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Paid leave collage During an average 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 that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re using it. And even though they’ve made gains in having access to paid leave, women still trail men in doing so.

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

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