An Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S.: Implications for employees, companies, and the economy

In the United States, paid time off left unused in 2013 alone had the potential to produce 850 million additional travel days—or $67 billion in additional travel spending, and 1.2 million more American jobs.

​This paper produced by the Tourism Economics team for the U.S. Travel Association examines the economic impact of unused paid time off (PTO) in the United States, as well as the key barriers to employees using all of their earned PTO, the reported benefits of taking leave, and the perceptions within corporate culture.