Nearly 1 in 2 Americans Do Not Use All of Their Vacation Time [Infographic]

October 22, 2012 by Susan Gunelius

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Americans get the least amount of required vacation time each year (none for employees with at least 10 years of service) when compared to workers in other developed nations around the world (10-28 days for employees with at least 10 years of service). However, nearly half of Americans do not use all of the small amount of vacation time they are given.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans gave up 226 million vacation days in 2011 with the average worker leaving two unused vacation days on the table. That equates to $34.3 billion worth of time lost on unused vacations.

Those are just a few of the disappointing statistics from an infographic created by Compliance and Safety, which you can see below.


Are you using all of your vacation time? You deserve it!

Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on,,,, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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