Vacation exodus starts today in metro area

Any Central Valley employees with a little vacation time are getting a jump on the Christmas holiday today.

Public employees are supposed to begin vacation at the end of the Friday workday. But many find ways to get Friday off, too.

Many private firms maintain the same schedule as the central government and provide workers with a holiday through Jan. 3. That gives the employees at least a 16-day vacation because both Christmas and New Years are on Fridays.

This is the beginning of the tourism high season. Typically beach and mountain hotels do at least 50 percent of their annual income in December and January.

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