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Happy Labor Day!

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Let’s be honest, Labor Day is known in America as summer’s last hoorah. Celebrated in most countries on May 1, we take time to commemorate the more than 160 million people that make up the civilian labor work force in the U.S., at the close of the festive summer season.

According to CNN, Peter McGuire of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Union or Matthew Maguire of the International Association of Machinists (US Department of Labor) proposed the idea for a day to honor workers in the early 1880s and established a committee to organize a celebration. The first parade was held on September 5, 1882 in New York City. Twelve years later, in 1894, President Grover Cleveland and the US Congress made it a national holiday.

For more Labor Day facts, past and present, check out the neat infographic created by WalletHub below. You’ll find everything from hotdogs and history to financials and 5Ks. With more than 102 million enjoying a cookout today, chances are you’ll want some cool conversation starters to fire up at the grill.

Labor Day Fun Facts

  • 55% of Americans left a total of 768 million vacation days unused in 2018.
  • 818 hot dogs are eaten every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • 594,000+ workers’ lives have been saved since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted in 1970.
  • $250+ Billion is the annual cost of worker injury and illness in the U.S. 
Source: WalletHub
Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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