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Jobs, work, wages and commuting: Labor Day, 2016

Thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau, here’s a look at Labor Day by the numbers.

158.5 million: The number of people 16 years old and older in the U.S. labor force in 2016.

4.6 million: Workers serving as retail salespeople nationwide.

30: Geographers, textile dyers and oil and gas rotary drill operators employed in Washington in 2015, the lowest number employed in any occupation.

$23,070 and $256,100: Annual mean wage earned respectively by dishwashers and anesthesiologists in Washington in 2015.

16.4 million: Number of wage and salary workers 16 and older represented by a union in the U.S. in 2015.

24.7 percent and 2.1 percent: Rate of union workers in New York and South Carolina, respectively representing the highest and lowest union membership in 2015.

1.9 percent: The percentage increase in employment, or 141.9 million jobs, in the U.S. between December 2014 and December 2015.

$50,383: The real median earnings for male, year-around workers in 2014.

$39,621: The real median earnings for female, year-around workers in 2014.

$74,297: The 2014 median Asian household income, the highest among U.S. Census race groups.

108 percent: The projected growth from 2014 to 2024 in the number of wind turbine service technicians, the expected fastest-growing occupation.

76.5, 9.2 and 0.6 percent: the percentage of U.S. commuters who commuted by car, carpool and bicycle respectively in 2015.

26 minutes: The average commute for U.S. workers in 2014.

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