This is a disaster. A goddamn failure. 658 million vacation days went completely unused in America last year. Worse than that? 222 million of those are lost forever. Those are days that didn't roll over to the next year. They're just floating lustily in the wind like the plastic bag in American Beauty.
Those numbers come from a survey by the D.C.-based Project: Time Off, who surveyed 5,600 American workers with paid time off. The project has noted a trend of Americans taking less and less time off year over year, and 2015 showed yet another drop in vacation days used. That's particularly horrible when you note that Americans get fewer days off from work than most other developed nations.
The 222 million lost days represent nearly two full days per American worker. That's a total of $61.4 billion in forfeited benefits in 2015 alone.