How Much Do You Really Know About Labor Day?

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New York, 1900. “Labor Day parade crowd, Main Street.” Detroit Publishing Company Source: Shorpy
Labor Day is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the American Worker. First celebrated in New York City on September 5th 1882 by a parade of 10,000 workers. Founded when many in America worked 16 hour days in harsh work environments. Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894 after President Grover Cleveland signed the bill into law. Interestingly enough he was a staunch opponent of organized labor groups but pushed Labor Day through congress to stop riots that were breaking out across the US.

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1. Most people consider Labor Day an American Holiday, instead it has origins in Canada stemming from labor disputes in 1870.
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2. It’s the 3rd most popular grilling holiday.
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3. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, hot dog season begins on Memorial day and ends on Labor Day.?
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4. Waffle House national food chain opened its first outpost on a Labor Day
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5. If you are from the south you’ve probably heard it’s the last day to wear white.
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  • Wear nude shoes instead – they make you look thinner and longer
  • Accessorize – the new Winter White handbags or a scarf.
  • Layers – white is okay to wear with heavier pieces like sweaters and jackets
6. According to the U.S Census ?
  • Unemployment rate held at 9.1% August 2011
  • 153.2 million people age 16 and up make up the us workforce (July 2011)
  • Average commute is 25.1 minutes
  • 3.2 million commuters travel 90 or more minutes to work each day
  • 16.5 million Americans leave for work between midnight at 6am
  • 5.9 million people work from home
7. Where do Americans work?
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  • Teachers: 3,039,523
  • Janitors or building cleaners: 1,478,204
  • Hairdressers, stylists or cosmetologists: 395,503
  • Bus drivers: 265,429
  • Computer operators: 101,889
  • Bus drivers: 265,429
  • Bakers: 117,405
  • Telemarketers: 55,733
  • Telephone operators: 32,394
  • Actors: 10,980

8. Healthcare is the most rapidly growing industry with the highest demand for new employees.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statics News Release 9/2

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