Jan 15, 2018 - Politics & Policy

42% of U.S. employers to close for MLK Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. waves to a crowd

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. waves to the crowd at 1963's March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Photo: Francis Miller / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

42% of employers will close in the United States in observance of Martin Luther King Day, making the holiday slightly more popular than February's Presidents Day, per Bloomberg. But there's a huge difference in who gets the day off: 72% of civil and nonprofit workers could sleep in this morning while just 16% of manufacturing workers could do the same.

Why it matters: MLK Day's jump over Presidents Day comes at a fraught political time for issues relating to race, given the violence surrounding last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and the Trump administration's attempts to clamp down on immigration.

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