Labor Day

Here it is, Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, the last day to wear white, a day of parties and cook outs and barbeques.

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I looked for something new to say about Labor Day but it’s all pretty much the same thing.

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The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade on September 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.

We’ve all heard that many times. Whenever you google Labor Day that same history comes up. I wanted something new. I may have found it in the 2010 census. I know , a bit out of date but it was the most recent I could find.  So here goes, a few facts you might not have known about Labor and/or Labor Day.

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  • 134 Million Americans work from home thanks to Skype and the High Speed Internet.
  • The average time to commute to work is 25.3 minutes.
  • 76% drive alone to work.
  • 9.7% carpool to work
  • 4.9% take public transportation
  • 155.2 million =Number of people age 16 or older in the nation’s labor force. As of 2012,  53% were men and 47% were women.

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So now you have some numbers to chew on over your burgers and wings. I hope everyone enjoys the day.

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