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Labor Day in America: By the numbers

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Aug. 25, 2011 at 6:19 am with No Comments »
August 23, 2011 3:38 pm

Happy 129th, or, more officially, Happy 117th!

The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary. Congress passed a bill to establish a federal Labor Day holiday in 1894.

So the Labor Day weekend in America is almost here, and here’s what that means – by the numbers – thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau.

153.2 million: People 16 and older in the nation’s labor force in July 2011.
84.7 percent: Full-time workers 18 to 64 covered by health insurance during all or part of 2009.
101,889: Number of computer operators employed in 2009.
32,394: Number of actors.
265,429: Number of bus drivers.
117,405: Number of bakers.
395,503: Number of hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists
26.2 million: Number of female workers 16 and older in management, professional and related occupations.
5.9 million: The number of people who work from home.
8 percent: Of total U.S. workforce that were home-based workers in 2005, an increase from 7 percent in 1999.
11+ hours: About 11 percent of those who worked at home for some or all of their workweek reported working 11 or more hours in a typical day in 2005.
$47,127 and $36,278: The 2009 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively.
$1,943: Average weekly wage in Santa Clara, Calif., for the fourth quarter of 2010, the highest among the nation’s 326 largest counties.
16.5 million: Number of commuters who leave for work between midnight and 5:59 a.m. They represent 12.4 percent of all commuters.
76.1 percent: Of workers drive alone to work. Another 10 percent carpool and 5 percent take public transportation .
25.1 minutes: The average daily commute.
3.2 million: Number of workers who face extreme daily commutes of 90 or more minutes.

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