Labor Day is often a time for cookouts, get-togethers, and parades. This federal holiday is celebrated on the first Monday in September to pay tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
The observance began more than 130 years ago in New York City as a "workingmen's holiday." The U.S. Department of Labor offers more on the history of the holiday, and explains how afamous depiction of "Rosie the Riveter" really isn't her after all.
Curious about our current workforce? Check out the U.S. Census Bureau features statistics, including the number of American workers, most common occupations, and fastest growing jobs today.