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A look at who gets paid sick days

Nearly 80% of all private sector workers get at least one paid sick day, according to a national compensation survey of employee benefits.

Omicron is shining a spotlight on the disparities between who gets paid sick days and who doesn't. Nearly 80% of all private sector workers get at least one paid sick day, according to a national compensation survey of employee benefits conducted in March by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But, many workers are vulnerable, particularly those in the low income bracket.

Here is a look at the breakdown of who gets paid sick days: 

BY INCOME BRACKET:

Bottom 10%: 33%

Top 10%: 95%

BY EMPLOYMENT STATUS:

Part-time: 48%

Full-time: 87%

BY OCCUPATION:

Financial Activities: 94%

Education and Health Services: 85%

Construction: 69%

Retail Trade: 67%

Leisure and Hospitality: 50%

BY SIZE OF EMPLOYER:

1 to 49 workers: 68%

500 workers or more: 91%

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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