Friday, August 30, 2019

Celebrating Oregon's Workers: Labor Day 2019

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. By 1884, 23 other states adopted the holiday to celebrate workers. In the same year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday within the District of Columbia and its territories. 

The United States differs from the majority of the world on the date of their Labor Day holiday. A large number of foreign countries celebrate May Day (May 1st), which is also called International Workers’ Day as their workers’ holiday.

In recognition of Labor Day 2019, here are some workforce-related statistics:

The total civilian labor force in Oregon in July 2019. The United States had 163.4 million in the same time period.

The number of Oregonians who held two or more jobs in 2018. Roughly 5.5 percent of Oregonians held multiple jobs in 2018, slightly higher than the 5.0 percent of workers who worked multiple jobs in the U.S. 

The number of unemployed Oregonians in July 2019. Nationwide, approximately 6 million individuals were unemployed in July of this year.


The number of union members in Oregon in 2018. About 14 percent of Oregon's workers are union members. The membership rate for private-sector workers (7.1%) was much lower than the rate for public-sector workers (51.0%). Nationwide, the union membership rate was 10.5 percent in 2018.

The estimated median hourly wage for all occupations in Oregon in May 2018. The Portland metro area had the highest median hourly wage of Oregon's metro areas at $21.36. Nationwide, the estimated median hourly wage was $18.58.

The average commute time (in minutes) to work in Oregon in 2017. The United States average was higher at 26.4 minutes in 2017.

The percentage of workers 16 and over that worked from home in 2017 in Oregon, which was higher than the nationwide average of 3.7 percent.

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