More Workers Getting Martin Luther King Day Off

42% of American workers get a paid day off
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2018 8:00 AM CST
More Workers Getting Martin Luther King Day Off
   (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

More and more employers are giving their workers the day off for Martin Luther King Day, so much so that the holiday in honor of the slain civil rights leader now has more stature than Presidents' Day and Good Friday. Per Bloomberg, 42% of American employers close for the holiday. Seventy-two percent of civil and nonprofit organizations give their employees a paid day off, as do one-third of all non-manufacturing businesses, like financial services. In 1989, three years after the holiday was first observed, only 17% of employers gave their workers the day off. (Read more Martin Luther King Jr. stories.)

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