Gov’t Workers ‘Absent’ 50% More Than Private-Sector Workers

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A government worker is 38 percent more likely to be absent from work for personal reasons or illnesses than a private-sector worker, and government workers miss 50 percent more of their usual work hours as a result of such absences than do private sector workers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS found that in 2012, 4.0 percent of government workers reported being absent from work in the typical reference week compared to 2.9 percent of private-sector workers.

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