Facts and figures for Labor Day 2019
August 29, 2019
Facts and figures for Labor Day 2019 include 1894 was the year Congress officially made the first Monday in September a federal holiday and 35 percent of the work force belonged to unions in the 1950s compared to 10.5 percent in 2018.
On travel, 25 percent of Americans plan to travel for the Labor Day weekend with the most popular Labor Day travel destinations being New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Chicago. The number of traffic fatalities over the Labor Day weekend is estimated to be 398 and serious injuries are estimated to be 45,300.
For food, 40.6 percent of Americans plan to have a barbecue over the Labor Day weekend.
On work, 163.4 million Americans age 16-plus are in the labor force, the national unemployment rate as of July 2019 was 3.7 percent, the median household income is $57,650, 90 percent of full-time workers have health insurance, and 4,450,000 people work in retail, the largest sector of the workforce.
On vacations, the average American worker earns 10 vacation days a year and 55 percent of Americans left vacation days unused in 2018.
On work injuries, 5,147 fatal work injuries occurred in 2017, compared to 23,000 in 1913, and 594,000-plus workers lives have been saved since the Occupational Safety and Health Act or OSHA was passed in 1970.
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