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Americans are taking more vacation time—why that’s a good sign for the economy

More workers in the U.S. are saying, “Gimme a break.”

And employers are obliging.

American workers took 17.2 vacation days on average in 2017, up nearly half a day from a year earlier, according to Project: Time Off’s recent annual “State of the American Vacation” report. Still, more than half of employees said they had unused vacation days at the end of the year—and the amount of vacation days taken remained well below the long-term average between 1978 and 2000 of 20.3 days.

Nevertheless, 2017 marked the highest level of vacation usage among American workers since 2013. And the average employee now earns more vacation time than they did a year ago—23.2 days versus 22.6 last year.

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