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Seven Labor Day Fast Facts

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For most of the country, Labor Day weekend means one last summertime hurrah. Three days of eating, drinking, and hanging out before the winter chill begins to set in.

The reason for Labor Day is to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the millions upon millions of people who make up the United States workforce. With that said, here are seven facts about Labor Day and those who make up the United States workforce.


1

Our Ancesters Probably Worked Harder Than We Ever Will

 
 

Think you have long days? Consider this, back in the late 1800’s, the average American worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week and it wasn’t because they were greedy and wanted to pad their wallet. People were working so much just to make ends meet. You realize that means people were working 84 hours a week, regularly, right? Oh, but there’s more. Kids as young as five worked in factories and mines. The eight-hour work day didn’t become the standard until 1916.

 
2

Labor Day Began in Canada

 
 

Wait, what? Yes, it’s true. Labor Day was actually started in Toronto in 1872. It wasn’t even celebrated in the United States until 1882. That’s when 10,000 workers took unpaid days off to march through Manhattan from City Hall to 92nd Street. So in other words, Labor Day in American started as a protest.  Labor Day became a national holiday for us in 1894.

 
3

Fifteen Different Jobs Account for Over 25% of Total U.S. Employment

 
 

There are 15 jobs that provide 25% of employment in this country. The top five of those jobs are retail salespeople, cashiers, office clerks, restaurant workers, and registered nurses.

 
 

According to a Gallup survey, 43 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely in 2016.

 
5

More Than One in Ten Commuters Have to Leave for Work Before 6am

 
 

The next time you find yourself grumbling about leaving the house around 7:30am to get to work by 8am, think of the 16.3 million workers who have to leave their warm beds before 6am just to get to the grind by 8am.

 
 

You’d think there’d be a more level playing field when it comes to salaries in 2017, but nope. The average guy still makes 11% more than the average woman.

 
7

The Vast Majority of Commuters Don’t Carpool

 
 

The U.S. Census asked people how they travel to and from work and 76.6% of commuters say they drive to work alone.  Less than 10% carpool and 4.9% said they use public transportation.

 

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