Cross Post: U.S. Census Bureau
Labor Day 2014: Sept. 1
The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. That celebration inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a "working men's holiday" on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated "Labor Day." This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
Who Are We Celebrating?
Number of people 16 and over in the nation's labor force in May 2013.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Table A-1 <http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf>
|Largest Occupations May 2013||Number of employees|
|Combined food preparation and serving workers,|
including fast food
|Office clerks, general||2,832,010|
|Waiters and waitresses||2,403,960|
|Customer service representatives||2,389,580|
|Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand||2,284,650|
|Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal|
medical, and executive
|Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupations with the Highest Employment, May 2013, <http://www.bls.gov/oes/2013/may/featured_data.htm#largest>