Labor Day by the Numbers

In honor of the workers who keep this nation in business, here we take a look at some interesting facts and figures behind Labor Day.



The men and women in the United States workforce have faced some serious challenges this year. Here we look at the fascinating statistics underlying Labor Day and the many hardworking professionals it celebrates.

WHO WE ARE
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154.8 Million
Number of Americans over age 16 in the labor force
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) July 2011 Employment Situation

11.8 Million
Total number of employees in the U.S. manufacturing sector as of July 2011
Source: Ibid.

5.8 Million
Total number of employees in the U.S. construction industry as of July 2011
Source: Ibid.

763,000
Total number of employees in the U.S. mining industry as of July 2011
Source: Ibid.

24 Million
Number of male workers 16 and older in management, professional and related occupations
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2009 American Community Survey

26 Million
Number of female workers 16 and older in management, professional and related occupations
Source: Ibid.

11.9%
Percentage of wage and salary workers in a union in 2010, down from 12.3 percent in 2009
Source: BLS Union Members Summary

10.7%
Percentage of workers in the manufacturing sector who are members of a union, down from 10.9 percent in 2009
Source: Ibid.

14.8 Million
Number of American workers who are self-employed
Source: U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy

722,000
Number of new establishments created in 2010
Source: Ibid.

1.13 Million
Net number of private-sector jobs created in 2010
Source: Ibid.

5.9 Million
Number of Americans who work from home
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2009 American Community Survey

52%
Percentage of U.S. employers who cite difficulties in filling jobs due to lack of available talent in 2011, up from just 14 percent in 2010
Source: 2011 Manpower Talent Shortage Survey

4
Ranking of engineers on the list of most difficult positions to fill worldwide in 2011, following skilled trades workers, sales representatives and technicians
Source: Ibid.

HOW WE WORK
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25.1 Minutes
Average time it takes to commute to work
Source: 2009 American Community Survey

3.2 Million
Number of workers who face daily commutes of 90 minutes or more
Source: Ibid.

76.1%
Percentage of commuters who drive alone to work
Source: Ibid.

10%
Percentage of commuters who carpool to work
Source: Ibid.

5%
Percentage of commuters who take public transportation to work
Source: Ibid.

24%
Percentage of workers aged 16 and older who work 41 or more hours per week
Source: 2011 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. — Section 12

34.3
Average hours worked per week in the private sector in July
Source: BLS July Employment Situation Report

40.3
Average hours worked per week in the manufacturing sector in July, along with 3.1 hours of factory overtime
Source: Ibid.

0.8%
Percentage increase in productivity and output among U.S. workers from Q2 2010 to Q2 2011
Source: Ibid.

10.8
Average number of jobs a worker holds from the ages of 18 to 42
Source: 2011 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. — Section 12

HOW WE’RE COMPENSATED
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$47,127 and $36,278
Real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively, in 2009
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2009 Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S.

$56,409
Average annual salary in the manufacturing sector
Source: 2011 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. — Section 12

$59,909
Average total annual compensation for private-sector workers, including wages, salaries and employer insurance contributions
Source: Ibid.

$71,392
Average total annual compensation for manufacturing workers, including wages, salaries and employer insurance contributions
Source: Ibid.

$23.13
Average hourly earnings for private-sector employees
Source: BLS July Employment Situation Report

HOW WE’LL CELEBRATE
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31.5 Million
Number of Americans expected to travel 50 miles or more this Labor Day weekend, down 2.4 percent from last year
Source: AAA 2011 Labor Day Travel Forecast

27.3 Million
Number of travelers expected to drive to their holiday destinations, up 0.5 percent from last year
Source: Ibid.

2.5 Million
Number of travelers expected to fly to their destinations, down 1.9 percent from last year
Source: Ibid.

608 Miles
Average distance Americans are expected to travel for their holiday trip
Source: Ibid.

$702
Median amount expected to be spent for the holiday weekend, up slightly from $697 last year
Source: Ibid.

27%
Estimated percentage of holiday weekend spending on fuel and transportation, followed by accommodations (22 percent), food and beverages (21 percent), shopping (13 percent), entertainment and recreation (12 percent) and other costs (5 percent)
Source: Ibid.

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  • Dale Conover
    August 31, 2011

    We plan to drive about 110 miles one way to a campground this weekend. Camping out with friends is cheaper than a motel or resort stay. Besides, getting out of Phoenix, AZ is a good way to beat the heat!


  • chris higgins
    August 31, 2011

    What do you think of this


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