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Jobs, hours, wages, commutes: Labor Day 2014 by the numbers

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.

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."

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