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Labor Day: September 4, 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.125

From the U.S. Department of Labor, History of Labor Day:

“Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity and well-being.

“Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. After municipal ordinances were passed in 1885 and 1886, a movement developed to secure state legislation. New York was the first state to introduce a bill, but Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – passed laws creating a Labor Day holiday. By the end of the decade, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.”

Key Stats

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates

More Stats

From Census.gov  /  Topics  /  Employment:

Our Jobs

Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates  

Another Day, Another Dollar

From the Library > Income and Poverty Publications:  

Employee Benefits

From the Library  /  Health Insurance Publications:

Say Goodbye to Summer

  • NAICS 44811, Men’s Clothing Stores
  • NAICS 44812, Women’s Clothing Stores
  • NAICS 44821, Shoe Stores
  • NAICS 45121, Book Stores and News Dealers
  • NAICS 45221, Department Stores
  • NAICS 45321, Office Supply and Stationery Stores

From Monthly Retail Trade (1992-2023):  


Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates  

From Census.gov  /  Library:

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