Almost 1 in 3 Americans worry about job security this Labor Day, the personal-finance website WalletHub found in its Labor Day Survey. This nationally-representative survey examines Americans’ Labor Day plans and how people have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside this survey, WalletHub also released its Labor Day Fun Facts report to educate and entertain consumers with stats on all aspects of the holiday – from hotdogs and history to financials and 5Ks. You can find highlights from each below, along with a Q&A with WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez.
Labor Day Survey
- Labor Day travel is up. 48% more people will travel this Labor Day than last year.
- Consumers plan to shop more. 24% more people plan on going shopping this Labor Day than last year.
- Mixed feelings on unemployment benefits. 38% of people do not think that Congress should continue to give extra unemployment benefits.
- Americans fear new variants. 81% of Americans think that new COVID variants will have a negative impact on the economy.
- Many people support restrictions based on vaccination status. Half of Americans think it’s good for the economy to restrict indoor venues to people who are vaccinated only.
Labor Day Fun Facts
- 57% of Americans left vacation days unused in 2020.
- 42% of organizations have made or plan to make changes to time-off policies in light of the pandemic.
- 818 hot dogs are eaten every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
- More than 627,000 workers’ lives have been saved since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted in 1970.
- $250+ Billion is the annual cost of worker injury and illness in the U.S.