Labor Day, observed Monday, celebrates 154.5 million American workers. Here’s what the U.S. Census Bureau, using data from 2006, tells us about those workers.
7.1 million teachers
778,000 hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists
345,000 chefs and head cooks
333,000 taxi drivers and chauffeurs
170,000 musicians, singers and related workers
111,000 gaming industry (gambling)
104,000 tax preparers
90,000 service station attendants
88,000 logging workers
By the numbers
7.7 million – Number of workers who hold down more than one job. So-called moonlighters comprise 5 percent of the working population. About 288,000 moonlighters work full time at both jobs.
10.4 million – Number of self-employed workers.
22 million – Number of female workers 16 and older in educational services, and health care and social assistance industries. Among male workers 16 and older, 11.5 million were employed in manufacturing industries.
10.3 million – Number of independent contractors. Other workers with alternative work arrangements include 2.5 million on-call workers, 1.2 million temporary help agency workers and 813,000 workers provided by contract firms.
15.6 million – Number of labor union members nationwide. About 12 percent of wage and salary workers belong to unions, with Hawaii and New York having among the highest rates of any state. North Carolina has one of the lowest rates, 3 percent.
5.4 million – Number of people who work at home.
Health insurance: 82 percent of full-time workers ages 18 to 64 are covered by health insurance.
Holidays and vacation: 77 percent of workers in private industry receive a paid vacation and paid holidays.
Child care: 15 percent of private sector workers have access to employer assistance for child care.
Long-term care: 12 percent have access to long-term care insurance.