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Percentage of wage growth for the median worker between 1979 and 2012; productivity grew 74.5 percent during that same time.

70

Projected percentage growth from 2010 to 2020 in the number of personal care aides (607,000). Analysts expect this occupation to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Meanwhile, the occupation expected to add more positions over this period than any other is registered nurses (711,900).

1887

The first year that Labor Day was celebrated as a holiday. The state of Oregon was the first to celebrate its labor force, but in February rather than September.

$28,659

Median annual earning of a U.S. worker at least 25 years old with a high school degree.

$49,648

Median annual earning of a U.S. worker at least 25 years old with a bachelor’s degree.

$60,709

Median annual earning of a U.S. worker at least 25 years old with a master’s degree.

702,000

Number of unemployed veterans.

6.8 million

Number of workers who hold more than one job (May 2013 figures).

155.7 million

Number of people 16 and above in the nation’s labor force.

4,340,000

Number of people working in retail sales.

3,314,010

Number of people working as cashiers.

2,943,810

Number of food preparation and service workers.

2,333,020

Number of people working as waiters and waitresses.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau