Seven Labor Day Fast Facts
For most of the country, Labor Day weekend means one last summertime hurrah. Three days of eating, drinking, and hanging out before fall arrives and is followed by the winter chill.
The reason for observing 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.
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 were just doing it to hoard money. No, people were working that much just so that they could make ends meet. Next time you think your 40 or so hour work week is rough, remember that our ancestors were working an average of 84 hours a week. Oh, but there's more. Kids as young as five worked in factories and in mines. As a matter of fact, the eight-hour work day didn't become the standard until 1916.
Wait, what? Yes, it's true. Labor Day was actually born in Toronto in 1872. As a matter of fact, Labor Day wasn't even celebrated in the United States until 1882. It was in 1882 that 10,000 workers took unpaid days off to march through Manhattan from City Hall to 92nd Street in New York City. So in other words, Labor Day in American started as a protest. Labor Day became a national holiday for us in 1894.
There are 15 jobs that provide 25% of employment in this country. The top five of those 15 jobs are retail salespeople, cashiers, office clerks, restaurant workers, and registered nurses.
In a Gallup survey, 43 percent of employed Americans said they spend at least some of their time working remotely.
The next time you find yourself grumbling about leaving the house around 7:30 a.m. to get to work by 8 a.m., think of the 16.3 million workers who have to leave their warm beds before 6 a.m. just to get to work by 8 a.m.
You'd think there'd be a more level playing field when it comes to salaries in 2018, but nope. The average guy still makes 11% more than the average woman.
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.