Labor Day Facts and Figures

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Did you know that, 155.7 million number of people in the United States Labor Force.

Labor Day: A History

  • 1872 - Labor Day begings in Toronto. Canada as a demonstration demanding rights for workers
  • 1822 - On September 5th, the Central Labor Union organizes a march by 10,000 workers in New York City. The event includes a concert, a picnic, and speeches.
  • 1887 - Oregon becomes the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday, other states soon to follow.
  • 1894 - President Grover Cleveland declares Labor Day a national holiday.
  • 1913 - On March 4th, President William Howard Taft, on his last day in office, signs legislation creating the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Time Off: Then & Now

  • Then - Total number of days off, which is 26. At the time of the first Labor Day parade in 1882, U.S. workers only recieved time off for Christmas, the 4th of July, and every other Sunday.

             130 years later....

  • Now - Total number of days off, which is 124. The average American worker receives 20 days off (combining holiday and vacation time) in addition to weekends.

 

Making The Commute

  • 25.7 minutes, length of average commute to work in the United States.
  • 9.7% of workers carpool with others.
  • 0.6% of workers ride a bike to work.

 

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