Labor Day Facts
or Labor Day Trivia

Turn these Labor Day facts into Labor Day trivia questions to challenge your friends and family.

See how much they actually know about this holiday – a holiday we celebrate every year in the United States!

Labor Day Date

Answer: The first Monday of September

The first Labor Day parade held in the United States.

Answer: September 5, 1882 in New York City

The US President who signed the bill making Labor Day a National Holiday and the Year

Answer: Grover Cleveland, under pressure from voters, signed the legislation in 1894

The Father of Labor Day in America

Answer: Peter McGuire – founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; credited with first proposing the idea of Labor Day as a national holiday in 1882
Samuel Gompers – American labor union leader, founded the American Federation of Labor (AF of L)
Matthew McGuire - active in the formation of New York's Central Labor Council; William S. Walsh's 1898 book, Curiosities of Popular Customs... "In 1882 Matthew Maguire, secretary of the Central Labor Union in that city [New York], with the approval of the Union, corresponded with the various Labor organizations in the State with a view to setting aside one day in the year as their own holiday...Maguire was made chairman of the committee to arrange for the first labor day celebration in that year".
Which one do you think is the father of Labor Day?

When Was The First Labor Strike in America

Answer: Many believe 1872 and others say 1886. Still others contend the first labor strike in America was in 1836 when a group of Maine fishermen refused to work after the owner of their boats failed to pay them;
in 1872 - Peter McGuire and 100,000 workers took to the streets in one of the largest worker strikes the nation had seen;
in 1886 - the Haymarket Riots in Chicago occurred

Labor Day Facts

Civilian Labor Force

Answer: 155,170,000 (July 2010 non seasonally adjusted)

Number of Civilian Labor Force Employed

Answer: 140,134,000 (July 2010 non seasonally adjusted)

Number of Full-Time Workers

Answer: 113,974,000 (35 hours or more per week) (July 2010 non seasonally adjusted)

Number of Part-Time Workers

Answer: 26,160,000 (less than 35 hours per week)(July 2010 non seasonally adjusted)

Number of Workers with Multiple Jobs

Answer: 6,579,000 (July 2010 non seasonally adjusted)

Average Hourly and Weekly Earnings of All Employees on Private Nonfarm Payrolls

Answer: $22.59 per hour; $772.58 per week (July 2010 seasonally adjusted)

Frequently Asked Question of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Are undocumented immigrants counted in the (household and establishment) surveys?

Answer: It is likely that both surveys include at least some undocumented immigrants. However, neither the establishment nor the household survey is designed to identify the legal status of workers. Therefore, it is not possible to determine how many are counted in either survey. The establishment survey does not collect data on the legal status of workers. The household survey does include questions which identify the foreign and native born, but it does not include questions about the legal status of the foreign born.

The Year in which the 8 Hour Work Day was Established

Answer: The Labor Movement called for 8-hour days as early as 1836. In 1842, Boston ship carpenters won an 8-hour day, although they were not unionized. The year in which the 8-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.

Average Commute Time to Work

Answer: 24.3 minutes


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