Labor Day Data and Statistics for 2018

August 29, 2018

In honor of the last, hot days of summer and our love of Labor Day data and statistics, we dedicate this content to Labor Day in the U.S. on Sept. 3rd.

The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. The parade inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a ‘workingmen’s holiday’ on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated ‘Labor Day.’

Full Time Employment Up – You Knew That

  • The 2016 American Community Survey counted 106.6 million full-time, year-round civilian-employed population 16 years and over in the U.S., up from 94.7 in 2010.

Almost Everyone Has Internet Access and a Smartphone

  • Among all households in 2016, 89 percent had a computer, which includes smartphones, and 81 percent had a broadband Internet subscription.
  • States on the Pacific Coast and most states in the Northeast had higher levels of broadband Internetcompared to the national average. Washington had the highest rate of broadband subscriptions (87 percent), while Arkansas and Mississippi had the lowest (71 percent).

90 Percent of Americans Have Completed High School

  • For the first time, the percentage of the American population age 25 and older that completed high school or higher levels of education reached 90 percent in 2017.
  • The U.S. has made giant strides in education since 1940, when only 24 percent of people age 25 and older had finished four years of high school or more, according to recently - released educational attainment data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.

The US Census Bureau has amazing, interactive data and web applications which you can find here. You can select Hiring, Job Changes, Income, and segment by Age, Sex, Ethnicity and Education and narrow down results by states, even area codes.  Pretty cool.The following shows earnings for workers employed by private companies in the Information Sector in a few states with significant SaaS company employment (these are places where we have a lot of customers).  Not too surprisingly, there’s a pretty big difference between tech workers’ earnings in California and Texas and Tennessee.The charts in order from highest average earnings to lowest of the states selected.  In California, it is best to be between 35-44, but in Massachusetts, Texas and Utah, the 45-54 year olds have a slight advantage.  Only in Tennessee do the 55-64 year olds earn the most – hmnnn.  Steve Case’s Revolution Fund and Rise of the Rest initiative might change that stat – they’ve invested in Nashville and Chattanooga.

Average Annual Monthly Wage in Private, Information Sector Companies by Age Group, US Census Bureau, 2018






We hope you enjoy the stats. From our team at OPEXEngine to yours, enjoy the end of summer and Labor Day!