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Infographic: Amazing (And Odd) U.S. Labor Statistics

Sep 07, 2015 03:01PM ● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information and infographic was submitted by our friends at

On this Labor Day weekend, we took a look at the state of the American workforce—including who loves their jobs, who hates their jobs, and where the workforce is going.

But do you know how this end-of-summer holiday began?

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. That gathering inspired similar events across the country. In 1894, Congress passed legislation and President Grover Cleveland signed the bill on June 29, making the first Monday in September "Labor Day."

Thanks to those workers, you and yours hopefully get to toast your working lives with a cold beer on Monday before returning to the office (or construction site or auto body shop or wherever) refreshed and ready for a terrific fall.

Happy Labor Day everybody! 


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