WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: LABOR DAY
Profile America — Monday, September 5th. This is Labor Day — a time to honor the nation's working men and women, and traditionally, the end of the summer season. The observance has added meaning this year because of the high unemployment rate. The first Labor Day was celebrated in September 1882 in New York City. By 1893, more than half the states were observing the occasion, and noting the first Monday in September as a national holiday became law in 1894. In the U.S., more than 153 million men and women are in the labor force. Just under 10 million are self-employed, while nearly 6 million work at home. About 5 percent hold down more than one job and 24 percent work more than 40 hours a week. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 446
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 605, 609, 602
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.16
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau