November 26, 2015

Labor Day 2014: Fast Facts About Workers, Working, and Jobs in the U.S.

Here are a few examples of what you’ll find in the complete Labor Day  2014 “Fact for Features” roundup compiled by the U.S. Census.

155.6 million
Number of people 16 and over in the nation’s labor force in May 2013.

Top 3 Largest Occupations 2012 (Full Report Lists Top 10)
1. Retail salespeople
Number of Employees: 4,485,180

2. Cashiers
Number of Employees: 3,343,470

3. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
Number of Employees: 3,022,880

Projected percentage growth from 2012 to 2022 in the number of personal care aides (580,800). Analysts expect this occupation to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Meanwhile, the occupation expected to add more positions over this period than any other is registered nurse (526,800)

The number of shoe stores for back-to-school shopping in 2012. Other choices of retail establishments abound: there were 25,421 family clothing stores, 6,945 children and infants clothing stores, 7,443 office supply and stationery stores, 7,244 bookstores and 8,196 department stores.

Much more in the complete document where each entry includes a link to the primary source.

A pdf version is also available.

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