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Happy Labor Day!

The following statistics are courtesy of the US Census. This is only a partial list. The full list can be found at the U.S. Census web site.
155.1 million
Number of people 16 and older in the nation’s labor force in May 2009.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employee Benefits
83%
Percentage of full-time workers 18 to 64 covered by health insurance during all or part of 2007.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007

77%
Percentage of workers in private industry who receive a paid vacation as one of their employment benefits.
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009, Table 634
Our Jobs
Americans work in a variety of occupations. Here is a sampling:
Occupation Number of employees
Teachers 7.2 million
Chief executives 1.7 million
Janitors and building cleaners 2.1 million
Computer software engineers 1.0 million
Aerospace engineers 137,000
Electricians 874,000
Registered nurses 2.8 million
Social workers 729,000
Clergy 441,000
Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists 773,000
Chefs and head cooks 351,000
Customer service representatives 1.9 million
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 373,000
Firefighters 293,000
Roofers 234,000
Pharmacists 243,000
Machinists 409,000
Musicians, singers and related workers 186,000
Artists and related workers 213,000
Gaming services workers (gambling) 111,000
Tax preparers 105,000
Service station attendants 87,000
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers 751,000
Welding, soldering and brazing workers 598,000
Farmers and ranchers 751,000
Source: Upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 603

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