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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

July 2005

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: What is the average rate of employee absenteeism?

Answer: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2004, the average rate of absence from work for employed full-time wage and salary workers was 3.2%.

The following tables can be found in Employment and Earnings:

  • Absences from work of employed full-time wage and salary workers by age and sex;
  • Absences from work of employed full-time wage and salary workers by occupation and industry

The print version is available in ILR Reference HD5723.A453.


BNA's Quarterly Report on Job Absence and Turnover

This is a quarterly supplement in BNA's Bulletin to Management that provides detailed survey information on absenteeism and employee turnover rates.

Available in ILR Reference HF5549.A2 B93 or from the BNA Human Resources Library (Ives Hall only)


There may be more specific surveys available for specific geographic locations or industries. Contact the relevant State Department of Labor or Industry Association.