In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
For many, they will have the day off. Probably go shopping, spend time with friends and family, cooking out and relaxing. For me however, I will be working hard! I’m a retail store manager. So tomorrow, Labor Day, is a fairly busy day for us.
While I think this holiday in the US was created for the men and women who worked in factories and physically laborious jobs, I think now it should be to recognized for all of us retail workers! At least 15% of the American work force is in retail sales. Currently Manufacturing in the US is around only 9%, while back in 1972 it was 23.9%.
So think about it for a minute. The unemployment rate is currently hovering around 7.4%. Which is a totally false number as more and more people dont qualify for unemployment. Families have less and less to spend. So what are we really celebrating? We’re not really prosperous right now. I mean comparatively were doing better then many other nations. At the same time though were really not doing good.
Here’s to another Labor Day! Let’s hope this holiday will help stimulate the economy a little. Maybe that will give us something to celebrate.