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Only 33% of Americans Get Martin Luther King Jr. Day Off From Work

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Unless you work for the federal government, chances are you’ll be working on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Despite the fact it was officially recognized as a national holiday nearly three decades only, only 33% of employers recognize it.  Believe it or not, some people actually think we have too many holidays.

According to a 2011 Rasmussen poll, 28% of American adults believe that observing 10 federal holidays each year is excessive.  By way of comparison, only 13% of working adults said we don’t have enough holidays.  Really?  Twice as many people would rather work than take the day off?  On a Monday, no less.  That’s crazy talk.

90% of American companies observe the six “standard” holidays, consisting of New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The number of organizations that observe President’s Day is nearly the same as Martin Luther King.  Columbus Day is the least observed federal holiday, recognized by roughly 10% of businesses.  It is followed closely by Veteran’s Day, which is only observed by an estimated 14% of American companies.


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