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Friday, September 4, 2020

Celebrating Oregon's Worker's: Labor Day 2020

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 2020, here are some workforce-related statistics:

2,059,199
The total civilian labor force in Oregon in July 2020. The United States had 159.8 million in the same time period.

118,000
The number of Oregonians who held two or more jobs in 2019. Roughly 5.8 percent of Oregonians held multiple jobs in 2019, slightly higher than the 5.1 percent of workers who worked multiple jobs in the U.S.

213,562
The number of unemployed Oregonians in July 2020. Nationwide, approximately 16 million individuals were unemployed in July of this year.

254,959
The number of union members in Oregon in 2019. About 14 percent of Oregon's workers are union members. The membership rate for private-sector workers (7.3%) was much lower than the rate for public-sector workers (53.2%). Nationwide, the union membership rate was 10.3 percent in 2019.

$20.34
The estimated median hourly wage for all occupations in Oregon in May 2020. The Portland metro area had the highest median hourly wage of Oregon's metro areas at $23.20. Nationwide, the estimated median hourly wage was $19.14 in May 2019.

23.7
The average commute time (in minutes) to work in Oregon in 2017. The United States average was higher at 26.6 minutes in 2018.

6.8%
The percentage of workers 16 and over that worked from home in 2018 in Oregon, which was higher than the nationwide average of 4.9 percent.

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