Are Americans Vacation Deprived?

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With the official unemployment rate in the United States remaining well above its historical trend, many people are happy just to have a decent job. However, workers may be stressing out, as many Americans are skipping vacation time.

A vacation appears to be a luxury that is out of reach for many Americans. Over the past year, Americans were afforded 14 days of vacation but only took 10 days, according to Expedia.com’s latest Vacation Deprivation study. The amount of unused vacation days in 2013 doubled from last year. With more than 144 million employed Americans, Expedia estimates that Americans collectively failed to use more than 570 million available days of vacation.

“No one retires wishing they’d spent more time at their desk,” said John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia.com. ”There are countless reasons that vacation days go unused — failure to plan, worry, forgetfulness, you name it. But rested employees are more productive employees, so taking regular vacations may well help the company more than failing to do so.”

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