Did You Know?

  • Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. In 2010, Labor Day will fall on Sept. 6th.

  • The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, probably organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary.

  • By 1893, more than half the states were observing a "Labor Day" on one day or another, and a bill to establish a federal holiday was passed by Congress in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

  • Labor Day honors the contributions of working men and women to America’s social and economic life.

  • In 1893, New York City workers took an unpaid day off and marched around Union Square in support of a national Labor Day. The following year, 12,000 federal troops were called into Pullman, Ill., to break up a huge strike against the Pullman railway company and two workers were shot and killed by U.S. deputy marshals.

  • In 1889, a workers’ congress in Paris voted to support the U.S. labor movement’s demand for an eight-hour workday.

  • 24.3 minutes: The average time it takes to commute to work.

  • More Than 100 hours: The amount of time the average American spends commuting to work each year.

  • Of the 233 counties with populations of 250,000 or more, Queens (41.7 minutes), Richmond (41.3 minutes), Bronx (40.8 minutes) and Kings (39.7 minutes) - four of the five counties that comprise New York City - experienced the longest average commute-to-work times.

  • 7.3 million workers who hold down more than one job.

  • 10.3 million people self-employed workers.



Source: U.S. Census Bureau


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