Labor Day 2018: Labor Statistics

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Published September 3, 2018

WASHINGTON —Today across the United States, Labor Day is being celebrated. For many, the Labor Day weekend represents the end of summer. Others simply enjoy another day off from work.

Labor Day was originally established to observe the American workforce throughout history, such as the Mohawk steelworkers who help to build skyscrappers that line American city skylines.

In honor of the Labor Day, the U.S. Census Bureau released the following statistics:

The first observance of Labor Day was likely on September 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. The parade inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’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 workers in America.

 

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