2023 Labor Day Facts

By the edhat staff

The Labor Day holiday is usually about beaches, BBQs, ballgames, and taking advantage of those holiday sales.

Some of you may have gotten out of town for the long weekend. According to WalletHub this Labor Day, 57% of Americans plan to get out of town for the long weekend, more than 150 million will enjoy a cookout, and thousands will pack college football stadiums.

Labor Day hasn’t always been this relaxing, though. The holiday’s roots can be traced back to the streets of 1880s New York City, where rival union leaders joined forces to protest the unfair labor practices that plagued industry at the time.

This is not meant to take the wind from your sails as you enjoy one last dip in the summer sun. Rather, these Labor Day facts may help you cherish the holiday even more. Its place on the calendar is uniquely American – most other countries celebrate labor in May. And there’s ample reason for celebration, considering the industrial fatality rate has fallen by roughly 77% since the early 1900s.


  • 55% of Americans left vacation days unused in 2022.

  • 818 hot dogs are eaten every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

  • More than 668,000 workers’ lives have been saved since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted in 1970.

  • $174+ Billion is the annual cost of worker injury and illness in the U.S.


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  1. Thank you for the coverage of Labor Day.
    My dad was very instrumental here in Santa Barbara on behalf of union members. He began working from the time he was a small boy to help his family. Prior to moving here in 1921 he helped his uncle on an IL farm. One of his first jobs here was to deliver papers. Later, he drove truck, worked for a dairy, attended the ‘Cow College,’ (UC Davis), joined a union, became a business agent, ran for office and became a labor executive.

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