Labor Day And The Unofficial End Of Summer

My family and I just got back last week from our vacation to Orlando, where we went to all the major amusement parks. We all had a great time, but now it’s back to work!

Speaking of work. … This Monday is Labor Day, where we pay tribute to the achievements of the American worker. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 158.5 million people age 16 and over in the nation’s labor force as of May 2016.

Since we love stats here, I have a few others I’d like to pass along, all labor related, of course!

Here are the occupations with the largest number of employees, as of May 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau:

Largest Occupations May 2015 Number of employees
Retail salespeople 4,612,510
Cashiers 3,478,420
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 3,216,460
Office clerks, general 2,944,420
Registered nurses 2,745,910
Customer service representatives 2,595,990
Waiters and waitresses 2,505,630
Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand 2,487,680
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical and executive 2,281,120
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 2,146,880

One thing that many people complain about is their commute to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on average it takes 26 minutes for U.S. workers to commute to work; however, New York (32.6 minutes) and Maryland (32.3 minutes) have the most time-consuming commutes.

Labor Day also marks the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season. So make sure to really enjoy this “last weekend” of summer!

Have a great day.

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