Plugged in: Labor Day history and traditions

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Happy Labor Day 2015! It’s a day to celebrate American workers….so most of us have the day off.

Did you know that Labor Day was recognized as a federal holiday in 1894, but some states had already started celebrating it. It’s held on the first Monday of September and for many, it marks the unofficial end of summer.

Some of the biggest traditions dealing with Labor Day involve parades and big sales.

Here in Cleveland, we have the Cleveland National Air Show. And Oktoberfest.

Fun facts about the workforce, from the folks at Wilstar:

  • America’s labor force consists of 155 million people older than 16.
  • The average worker commutes for about 25 minutes.
  • Laborers in the 1800’s often worked twelve hours a day, every day of the week.
  • The median worker’s wage in 2010 was $36,931 for women and $47, 715 for men.
  • The eight-hour workday was established in 1916
  • Oregon was the first state to celebrate the holiday officially.
  • In other parts of the world, Labor Day or May Day celebrations are more political in nature.

What are your Labor Day traditions? We want to know. Check in on our Facebook page and tell us and have a great Labor Day!