Happy Labor Day With US Labor Trivia

This weekend is the day that we all look forward too.. 3 days of no work, (unless you work in a mall). 3 days of rest and BBQ’s. We should all pay homage to the Father of the Labor Day holiday, Peter McGuire.

On May 18,1882, Peter McGuire is credited with saying Let us have, a festive day during which a parade through the streets of the city would permit public tribute to American Industry.”

To start the fun and games for the Labor Day parties, we pulled together some Labor Stats from the Census Bureau.

157 million Number of people 16 and over in the nation’s labor force in June 2015.

16.2 million The number of wage and salary workers age 16 and over represented by a union in 2014. This group includes both union members (14.6 million) and workers who report no union affiliation but whose jobs are covered by a union contract (1.6 million). Among states, New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (24.6 percent), and North Carolina again had the lowest rate (1.9 percent).

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$50,033 and $39,157 The 2013 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively. The real median household income $51,939, about 8.0 percent lower than in 2007.

53% Projected percentage growth from 2012 to 2022 in the number of industrial-organizational psychologists (1,600 jobs in 2012), the projected fastest-growing occupation. Meanwhile, the occupation expected to add the greatest number of positions over this period is personal care aides (580,800).

86.1%; Percentage of full-time, year-round workers age 18 to 64 covered by health insurance during all or part of 2013.

25,100: The number of shoe stores for back-to-school shopping in 2013. Other choices of retail establishments abound: there were 27,340 family clothing stores, 7,047 children and infants’ clothing stores, 6,998 office supplies and stationery stores, 7,064 book stores and 8,102 department stores.

21,559: The number of sporting goods stores nationwide in 2013. In U.S. sports, college football teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing its first game the Thursday following Labor Day.

6 million: Number of commuters who left for work between midnight and 4:59 a.m. in 2013. They represented 4.4 percent of all commuters. The most common time was between 7 and 7:29 a.m. – with 20 million commuters.

4.4%: Percentage of workers 16 and over who worked from home in 2013.

76.4%: Percentage of workers 16 and over who drove alone to work in 2013. Another 9.4 percent carpooled and 0.6 percent biked to work.

25.8 minutes: The average time it took workers in the U.S. to commute to work

Source: U.S. Census Bureau,

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