MERIC's Labor Day Fun Facts & Figures

Labor DAy Construction worker President Grover Cleveland signed a bill marking, the first Monday in September as “Labor Day.” This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. This year Labor day falls on September 5th, 2016. MERIC presents some fun facts to pay tribute to the workers of Missouri.

September 5, 1882
The first observance of Labor Day.

Peter J. McGuire

The head of the Carpenters Union that organized the first Labor Day parade.

Say Goodbye to Summer
Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the end of summer and the beginning of the school year.

The number of laborers that participated in the first Labor Day.

The 2015 percent of Missouri workforce that are members of a union.

The number of employees working on Missouri payrolls as of July 2016.

The average number of minutes it takes for a Missouri worker to commute to their workplace.


The estimated employees in the United States on July 2016 aged 16 and over according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).


The 2015 Average Weekly Wage in Missouri according to the BLS.

Retail Salespersons

Number one occupation in Missouri with 85,500 people employed.

Top 2015 Occupations in Missouri


US Census Bureau
American Community Survey
Bureau of Labor Statistics
United States Department of Labor


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