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American workers recognized on Labor Day

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One-hundred-twenty-five years after the first Labor Day parade the American worker is being recognized for their dedication and long hours. The holiday weekend is the unofficial end of the summer vacation season but also the country's only official celebration of the American worker. Labor Day started 125 years ago with a parade. More than 10,000 workers marched in New York. Those types of commemorations still happen to this day. So how many American workers are there? According to the latest government figures, more than 152 million of us punch a clock to earn our pay. And we work hard enough to deserve a little recognition. According to the Census Bureau, 28 percent of American workers have an average work week that lasts longer than 40 hours. Eight percent work more than 60 hours per week. More than seven million Americans hold down two or more jobs to make ends meet. The census figures show the average worker has been at their current job four years. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most Americans will hold more than 10 jobs during their prime working lives.

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