Labor Day 2011


While the first official Labor Day in the United States was established by President Grover Cleveland in 1894, it's believed that the first celebration of the American workforce was a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1881, in New York City. Within a decade, more than half the states were observing unofficial "Labor Days" on one day or another.

An annual tradition, the Boise Central Trades and Labor Council will hold its Labor Day picnic from noon to 4 p.m. in Boise's Municipal Park. The council has nearly two dozen affiliated unions representing communications workers, electricians, firefighters, government employees, iron workers, masons, postal workers, teachers and teamsters.

It's estimated that there are more than 150 million Americans 16 and older in the nation's labor force this Labor Day. According the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 6 million people work from home.

The hottest jobs? Network systems and data communication analysts, which have a 53 percent projected growth between now and 2018.