With Labor Day beckoning, here’s a look at some related numbers, thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau:
155.6 million: People over 16 in the U.S. labor force in May, 2013.
4.48 million: People employed in retail sales, the occupation with the largest number of employees.
3.02 million: People employed in food preparation and service.
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2.66 million: Registered nurses employed.
2.28 million: Overall laborers* employed in 2013.
5.34 million: Farm laborers employed in 1910.
3.69 million: Manufacturing laborers employed in 1910.
16 million: Wage and salary workers represented by a union in 2013.
1.8 percent: Increase in employment between December 2012 and December 2013.
$49,398: Real median income for male full-time workers in 2012.
$37,791: Real median income for female full-time workers in 2012.
49 percent: Predicted growth from 2012 to 2022 in the number of personal care aides employed.
84.5 percent: Percentage of full-time, year-around workers ages 18-64 covered by health insurance in 2012.
25,455: Shoe stores in the U.S. welcoming back-to-school shoppers.
862,630: Paid employees at gasoline stations welcoming holiday drivers.
5.9 million: U.S. workers who left for work between midnight and 4:59 a.m. in 2012, equal to 4.4 percent of the commuting workforce.
4.4 percent: Of workers worked from home in 2012.
76.3 percent: Of workers drove alone to work in 2012.
9.7 percent: Carpooled.
0.6 percent: Rode a bike.
25.7 minutes: The average commute for U.S. workers in 2012.
* The U.S. Census Bureau defines laborers as "Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand."