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Friday, September 04, 2009

Labor Day

Whether you are taking one last journey to the beach or enjoying a three-day staycation closer to home, the end-of-summer ritual is here again. More than 100 years old, the first Labor Day celebration is believed to have been 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. To celebrate in 2009, a recent U.S. Census Bureau press release offers some staggering statistics on what the U.S. labor force has become a century later.

● 155.1 million people 16 or over were in the U.S. labor force as of May 2009

● 7.7 million workers hold down more than one job;

● 10.4 million are self-employed;

● 5.7 million work at home;

● 77 percent of workers in private industry receive a paid vacation as one of their employment benefits;

● 7.2 million are teachers; 1.9 million are customer service representatives; 2.8 million are registered nurses; 293,000 are firefighters; and

● more than 158,000 are librarians!

So, don’t forget to thank a librarian this Labor Day holiday!

Pat, Fairfax County Public Library

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