You might think you're working harder, but more employees now have access to paid time off from the job than two decades ago.
The share of employees with access to paid sick time, personal days and family leave, as well as bereavement days and military leave, has risen substantially since 1992-1993, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The prevalence of vacation days slipped a bit, however.
"The type of leave is changing," said Robert Van Giezen, a BLS economist. "The options to employees are more varied now. More personal leave and more sick time is available."
You're more likely to get paid time off if you work full time, or for a medium or large company. For instance, nearly half of workers at businesses with 100 or more employees received paid personal days in 2012, but only 27% of those in small firms did.
While access to paid time off has broadened, the total time off each worker has a year hasn't necessarily gotten more generous. BLS doesn't track this total but found that while companies have gotten more generous with vacation days, they are pulling back on sick leave and holidays.
Lots of people laid off during the recession are landing new jobs ... but they are making a whole lot less.
Some 52% of unemployed people surveyed recently by Rutgers University found new positions within six months of losing their jobs.
But roughly an equal share of the unemployed who landed new jobs had to settle for pay cuts, according to the report by Rutgers' Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.
Here are the MORETami Luhby - Feb 11, 2013 8:10 AM ET
Though blacks' job prospects have improved from the depths of the Great Recession, they still suffer from disproportionately high unemployment.
Pegged to Black History Month, the U.S. Congress' Joint Economic Committee put out a stats sheet highlighting the gap. It takes longer, on average, for black workers for find a job, and even having a college degree doesn't help as much as it does for other job-seeking populations. The black unemployment rate MORETami Luhby - Feb 6, 2013 11:14 AM ET
Forget the "mancession" or the "he-covery." Men suffered the biggest job losses in the financial crisis, and also gained the most post-recession jobs.
But now, men and women have equal footing in the recovery.
As of November, both genders have gained back half the jobs they lost in the financial crisis, according to Labor Department data.
The recession hit male-dominated industries like construction and manufacturing, far harder than female-dominated industries like health care MOREAnnalyn Kurtz - Dec 9, 2012 2:27 PM ET
Are Americans feeling more miserable than they were four years ago? According to the so-called "misery index," they're not -- a fact that boosts President Obama's chances of winning re-election.
The misery index combines the unemployment rate and the annual inflation rate and has accurately predicted the outcome of nine of the last 12 presidential elections, according to economists at Deutsche Bank.
When it rises, it's considered a sign of a weaker MOREAnnalyn Kurtz - Oct 17, 2012 12:08 PM ET
As we prepare to cover the jobs report on Friday, we're looking for real people to share their stories about the job market. Did you get a job recently? Tweet your story to @CNNMoney with the hashtag #igotajob.
With 12.5 million Americans still unemployed, it's tough out there to say the least. But as I monitor Twitter, I'm encouraged to find some uplifting stories.
Take for instance Janel Porter of Louisville, Ky. MOREAnnalyn Kurtz - Oct 4, 2012 12:01 AM ET
A weak August jobs report signaled hiring continues to slog along at a snail's pace, giving the Federal Reserve even more reason to enact more stimulative measures -- possibly as soon as next week.
The economy added just 96,000 jobs in August. And even though the unemployment rate dipped to 8.1% from 8.3% in July, any number above 8% is still uncomfortably high for the Fed. (Inflation, on the other hand, is MOREAnnalyn Kurtz - Sep 7, 2012 10:21 AM ET
Those looking for work might consider moving to Lafayette, La.
Lafayette is expected to have the nation's largest gain in jobs among metropolitan areas, thanks to its booming energy sector, according to a new report from IHS Global Insight. Employment is expected to soar 8.8% this year, while the area's economy should jump 7.5%.
Overall, metro economies are expected to grow 1.8% in 2012, slightly trailing the nation. Last year, metro economies MORETami Luhby - Jul 19, 2012 1:15 PM ET
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book notes that more regions of the country have started slowing recently.
The report paints a picture of a "modest to moderate" recovery in June and early July, with better news coming from the housing market in particular. But one pocket of the country including the region surrounding New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio saw economic growth slow recently, the report said.
Previously, only the Philadelphia region had MOREAnnalyn Kurtz - Jul 18, 2012 2:24 PM ET
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