Holiday pay for Independence Day? In Missouri, it depends

Are you getting paid while you celebrate the 4th of July this year?

If not, you’re not alone.

According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about a quarter of workers in the seven-state region that includes Missouri don’t receive holiday pay.

Seventy-four percent of workers in the region get paid holidays. That breaks down to 75 percent of private-sector workers and 69 percent of government employees.

Vacation pay, holiday pay and severance pay are all subject to an employer’s discretion, according to the Missouri Division of Labor Statistics.

Low-wage workers are much more likely to go without paid holidays. At the bottom of the wage scale, only 40 percent of workers get paid holiday time. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 83 percent of workers get holiday pay.

The contrast between full-time and part-time employees is considerable as well. Just 39 percent of part-timers receive paid holidays, compared to 88 percent of their full-time counterparts.

Nationally, teaching is one of the worst professions for paid holidays. Just 26 percent of school teachers working for the state received holiday pay. Comparatively, 96 percent of natural resource workers received it.


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