Fast Facts: Labor Day 2007

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, CB07-FF.13, July 9, 2007

Once again the U.S. Census with a treasure chest of fast facts. Here are a few:
The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary. By 1893, more than half the states were observing a “Labor Day” on one day or another, and Congress passed a bill to establish a federal holiday in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward — designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.
•Who Are We Celebrating?
152.8 million
Number of people 16 and older in the nation’s labor force in May 2007. In the nation’s labor force are 82.1 million men and 70.7 million women.
•Another Day, Another Dollar
$41,386 and $31,858
The 2005 annual median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively.
•Our Jobs
Top Three Occupations in the United States
Americans work in a wide variety of occupations. Here is a sampling:
Teachers – 6.8 million
Farmers and ranchers – 784,000
Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists – 767,000
•15.9 million
Number of commuters who leave for work between midnight and 5:59 a.m. These early birds represent 12 percent of all workers.
•3 million
Number of workers who face extreme commutes to work of 90 or more minutes each day.

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