Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day

Since I did not post a blog update yesterday, I have decided to post a second one today. I caught the end of a TV commercial about the U.S. Census. I decided to go to the agency's web page and discovered the following information about Labor Day.

Labor Day 2012: Sept. 3

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 “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 million

Number of people 16 and older in the nation's labor force in June 2012.

Employee Benefits


Percentage of full-time workers 18 to 64 covered by health insurance during all or part of 2010.

Our Jobs

Americans worked in a variety of occupations in 2010. Here is a sampling:
OccupationNumber of employees
Computer programmers389,471
Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists395,311
Janitors and building cleaners1,445,991
Teachers (preschool - grade 12)3,073,673
Telephone Operators33,057
Web developers115,561


Percentage increase in employment in the United States between December 2010 and December 2011. Employment increased in 266 of the 322 largest counties (large counties are defined as having employment levels of 75,000 or more).

5.9 million

The number of people who worked from home in 2010.

Another Day, Another Dollar

$47,715 and $36,931

The 2010 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively.  The female full-time workers earned an average of 22 percent less than their male equivalents.

Early, Lonely and Long — the Commute to Work

16.3 million

Number of commuters who left for work between midnight and 5:59 a.m. in 2010. They represent 12.5 percent of all commuters.


Percentage of workers who drove alone to work in 2010. Another 9.7 percent carpooled and 4.9 percent took public transportation (excluding taxicabs).

25.3 minutes

The average time it took people in the nation to commute to work in 2010. Maryland and New York had the most time-consuming commutes, averaging 31.8 and 31.3 minutes, respectively.

3.2 million

Number of workers who faced extreme commutes to work of 90 or more minutes each day in 2010.

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