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Labor Day: Did you know?

New York, 1900. “Labor Day parade crowd, Main Street.” Detroit Publishing Company Source: Shorpy
Labor Day is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the American Worker.  First celebrated in New York City on September 5th 1882 by a parade of 10,000 workers.  Founded when many in America worked 16 hour days in harsh work environments.  Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894 after President Grover Cleveland signed the bill into law.  Interestingly enough he was a staunch opponent of organized labor groups but pushed Labor Day through congress to stop riots that were breaking out across the US.

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Do you know your Labor Day food Factoids?  Take this fun 6 question quiz first.
The average score is 30%. How’d you do?

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1.  Most people consider Labor Day an American Holiday, instead it has origins in Canada stemming from labor disputes in 1870.
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2.  It’s the 3rd most popular grilling holiday.
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3.  According to the National Hot Dog and Saugsage Council, hot dog season begins on Memorial day and ends on Labor Day.?
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4.  Waffle House national food chain opened its first outpost on a Labor Day
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5.  If you are from the south you’ve probably heard it’s the last day to wear white.
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  • Wear nude shoes instead – they make you look thinner and longer
  • Accessorize – the new Winter White handbags or a scarf.
  • Layers – white is okay to wear with heavier pieces like sweaters and jackets
6.  According to the U.S Census ?
  • Unemployment rate held at 9.1% August 2011
  • 153.2 million people age 16 and up make up the us workforce (July 2011)
  • Average commute is 25.1 minutes
  • 3.2 million communters travel 90 or more minutes to work each day
  • 16.5 million Americans leave for work between midnight at 6am
  • 5.9 million people work from home
7.  Where do Americans work?
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  • Teachers: 3,039,523
  • Janitors or building cleaners: 1,478,204
  • Hairdressers, stylists or cosmetologists: 395,503
  • Bus drivers: 265,429
  • Computer operators: 101,889
  • Bus drivers: 265,429
  • Bakers: 117,405
  • Telemarketers: 55,733
  • Telephone operators: 32,394
  • Actors: 10,980

8.  Healthcare is the most rapidly growing industry with the highest demand for new employees.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statics News Release 9/2


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