Labor Day by the numbers
The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have ben 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.
– 152.8 million
Number of people 16 and older in the nation’s labor force in May 2007. In the nation’s labor force are 82.1 million men and 70.7 million women.
– 7.6 million
Number of workers who hold down more than one job. So-called moonlighters comprise five percent of the working population. Of these moonlighters, four million work full time at their primary job and part time at their other job.
– When Do They Sleep?
There are about 310,000 moonlighters who work full time at both jobs.
Percentage of workers 16 and older who work more than 40 hours a week. Eight percent work 60 or more hours a week.
– $41,386 and $31,858
The 2005 annual median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively.
Average weekly wage in New York County, N.Y., for the third quarter of 2006, the highest among the nation’s 325 largest counties. Kent County, R.I., led the nation in growth of average weekly wages the third quarters of 2005 to 2006, with an increase of 18 percent.
Number of self-employed workers.
The number of people who work at home.
– 15.9 million
Number of commuters who leave for work between midnight and 5:59 a.m. These early birds represent 12 percent of all workers.
Percentage of workers who drove alone to work. Another 11 percent carpooled, and 5 percent took public transportation (excluding taxicabs).
– 31.2 minutes
The average time it takes to commute to work for residents of New York state. New York residents had the most time-consuming commute in the nation, followed by that of Maryland residents with 30.8 minutes. The national average was 25.1 minutes.
– 3 million
Number of workers who face extreme commutes to work of 90 or more minutes each day.