Less Vacations for Americans: American

workers are getting squeezed in an unpleasant place by the recession: in the holiday, reports NBCNews.com.

U.S. employees are taking two fewer vacation days than in 2011. Plus, they have on average two less days

to take — 12 as opposed to 14.

Workers are both afraid of being canned while they're away and feeling

like they have too much work to do to take a holiday. Bummer.

The poll of 8,687 employed persons over 16

was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Expedia.