Most workers getting extra days off as holidays fall on weekends

December 29, 2016, 1:03 PM GMT+0

Most American workers are getting extra days off this holiday season, but poorer workers tend to be working a normal work week

This year all four of the major holidays fall on weekends. Christmas Eve was a Saturday, while New Year's Day will be a Sunday. While two of these days are public holidays, private employers aren't required to give these days off to workers.

Most workers (56%) report that they are getting some extra days off from their employer to compensate for the holidays falling on weekends, but a third (33%) report that they will be working a normal work week over the holidays. Workers in households earning less than $50,000 a year (47%) are the most likely to report working normally over the holidays, but few richer workers are not getting extra days off.

Over a fifth of Americans will be working at least one of the holiday days, even if they do fall on weekends. Christmas Eve (21%) is the most common day that people were scheduled to work, while Christmas Day (11%) is the least common.

The income divide is also notable on these four holiday days. People in households earning under $50,000 a year (26%) are almost four times more likely than those earning over $100,000 a year (7%) to say that they are working Christmas Eve.

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