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You’ve labored and now you get a day! Celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement, Labor Day is Monday, September 5, 2022. The day was created as a federal holiday in 1894.  In a recent Labor Day survey produced by Wallet Hub, they found that 68% of people say Labor Day is their favorite holiday with 150 million planning a cook-out and thousands packing college football stadiums.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes the football against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.

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However, the survey revealed it’s not all fun and games. There are concerns…87% of people think they should get a raise to keep up with inflation.

  • Gas prices are impacting Labor Day travel. 44% of people say they’re less likely to travel this Labor Day weekend due to high gas prices, compared to last year.
  • Many people have started working harder. 55% of people say they’ve worked harder since the pandemic began.
  • Cost dominates Labor Day travel concerns. The biggest concern about Labor Day travel this year is cost (48%), followed by traffic (26%) and car accidents (12%).
Homemade cheeseburgers and hot dogs are visible during a cookout

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Labor Day Fun Facts

    • 75% of Americans left vacation days unused in 2021.
    • 61% of remote workers find it more difficult to unplug during off-hours now than before the pandemic.
    • 818 hot dogs are eaten every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
    • 53% of Americans plan to get out of town for the holiday weekend.
    • $2644 is the average American household summer/vacation spending.
    • 51% of Americans have gone a year or longer without taking a vacation.
    • 164 million Americans aged 16+ are in the labor force.
    • 11  are how many days off the average worker receives after 1 year of employment.
    • 61% of Americans plan to BBQ over the weekend