Did You Know - September 2008

Labor Day

154.5 million people 16 years of age and older were employed in the U.S. labor force as of May 2008.

7.7 million Americans hold down more than one job and 288,000 of those people work full-time at both jobs.

82 percent of full-time workers ages 18–64 were covered by health insurance during all or part of 2006.

77 percent of workers in private industry receive paid vacation as part of their employment benefits.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

Getting the Job Done

7.1 million Americans are teachers.

288,000 are firefighters.

345,000 are chefs or cooks.

170,000 are professional musicians.

104,000 are tax preparers.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

Election Quotes

"In our favored land, every voter has some voice in determining what laws shall control the nation. Should not that influence and that vote be cast on the side of temperance and virtue?”

—Ellen G. White

"The price of apathy toward public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."

—Plato

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”

—Confucius

Driving it Home

The Romans set the original standard by driving and riding on the left, which was adopted throughout their vast empire until the 1800s when Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte decreed it should be done on the right. French colonial influence in North America resulted in its introduction there and that's why Americans and Canadians now drive on the right.

SOURCE: historyplace.com

September 01, 2008 / Did You Know?
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