We worked one less day this week due to Labor Day. The national holiday was first celebrated in 1882 as a way to recognize the American workers. As Memorial Day unofficially marks the beginning of summer, Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer. Here are some other facts about Labor Day and American workers:
1894 – Congress makes Labor Day a National Holiday
1950 – 40% of all American workers were part of a union. In 2017 a mere 11% belonged to a union.
Top 5 – Most popular destinations to spend Labor Day are New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Chicago.
133 million people participated in a cookout/barbecue last weekend.
$58 is the average amount spent per person on the Labor Day weekend.
25% of all Americans traveled last weekend.
21.9% is the average fuel increase from Labor Day 2017 to Labor Day 2018
89 – Labor Day Marathon Races were held in the United States
$13.25 per hour in Washington, DC is the highest Minimum Wage rate.
$7.25 per hour is the Federal Minimum Wage (since 2009).
52% of all Americans did not use all their vacation days from 2017
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, 818 hot dogs are consumed every second of every day.