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The History of Labor Day

 
The History of Labor Day
Posted September 1st, 2014 @ 11:39am by KFBK News

Today is Labor Day. If you're working, so are we. And if you're not, this is why!

In 1880 Americans typically worked 12-hour days, 7-days a week and kids as young as 5 or 6 could work in factories.

The first Labor Day holiday was observed in New York City in September 1882.

 In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed the bill making the first Monday in September "Labor Day." Congress passed the Adamson Act in 1916, which established the 8-hour workday. While we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September, many countries around the world celebrate workers on May Day or International Workers Day on May 1st.

In 2013, the largest number of people were working in retail sales, which was the job of more than four-point-four-million in the U.S. As of July 2014, there were about 156 million Americans in the civilian labor force in the United States.

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