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Illness-related work absences in January 2013 highest since February 2008

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor’s Desk: “Absences resulting from a worker’s own illness or injury were higher in January 2013 than in any month since February 2008. In January 2013, nearly 2.9 million people who usually work full time worked part time during the survey reference week because of their own illness, injury, or medical appointment. Another 1.2 million employed people did not work at all during the survey reference week because of illness or injury.”

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