Monday, September 5, 2011

HAPPY LABOR DAY! Who are we celebrating???

We are celebrating; 149.1 million people
That's the number of people age 16 or older in the nation's labor force. Among the nation's workers are 80.0 million men and 69.1 million women. These men and women represent 66 percent of the civilian adult population.

More than 100 hours is the amount of time the average American spends commuting to work each year.

24.3 minutes is the average time it takes to commute to work.

Of the 233 counties with populations of 250,000 or more, Queens (41.7 minutes), Richmond (41.3 minutes), Bronx (40.8 minutes) and Kings (39.7 minutes) -– four of the five counties that comprise New York City - experienced the longest average commute-to-work times

$40,668 and $30,724, the annual median earnings, respectively, for male and female full-time, year-round workers in 2003.

Americans work in a wide variety of occupations. Here is a sampling of occupations and the number of employees:

Gaming services workers

Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

Chefs and head cooks


Musicians, singers and related workers


Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

Service station attendants

Farmers and ranchers


6.5 million  

7.3 million
Number of workers who hold down more than one job. "Moonlighters" comprise 5 percent of the working population. Of these, 3.8 million work full time at their primary job and part time at their other job, and about 293,000 work full time at both jobs.

10.3 million
Number of self-employed workers. 

20.3 million
Number of female workers in educational, health and social services industries. More women work in this industry group than in any other. Manufacturing was the most popular industry among men, with 11.3 million workers.

15.8 million
Number of labor union members nationwide. About 13 percent of wage and salary workers belong to unions, with New York having among the highest rates of any state - 25 percent. North Carolina has one of the lowest rates, 3 percent.

4.5 million
The number of people who work at home. 


  1. "$40,668 and $30,724, the annual median earnings, respectively, for male and female full-time, year-round workers in 2003."

    That's real informative seeing that it is almost 2012.

  2. Anonymous, maybe instead of attacking you can thank The Lounge for the rest of the info they gave. If you really want to contribute how about updating us with the 2011 median earnings?