Labor Day 2012: Sept. 3The 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 “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?
155.2 millionNumber of people 16 and older in the nation's labor force in June 2012.
85.0%Percentage of full-time workers 18 to 64 covered by health insurance during all or part of 2010.
Our JobsAmericans worked in a variety of occupations in 2010. Here is a sampling:
|Occupation||Number of employees|
|Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists||395,311|
|Janitors and building cleaners||1,445,991|
|Teachers (preschool - grade 12)||3,073,673|