A Labor Day {Inforgraphic} – How Do You Compare?

Labor Day Infographic

Where did August go? Fall is almost here and now it warms up. šŸ™‚ It is nice to see bright blue skies instead of gloom, so I can’t complain too hard. The girls started school this week, and we are all looking forward to a long holiday weekend.

In celebration of Labor Day, I found this great infographic that I wanted to share with you. We give much of our lives to work, and it makes sense to occasionally step back and evaulate our work/life balance. I’m grateful that my work fulfills me and allows me to help others become more financially literate so they can live on their terms. I hope your work fulfills you as well and celebrate your hard work with a great weekend!

Happy Labor Day!

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August 30, 2013  •  36 Comments  •  infographic

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  1. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    As a stat geek, I loved this infographic! Thanks for sharing, Shannon, and I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      You're welcome, DC! You have a great Labor Day weekend too!
  2. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    Great info here. The commute time stuff interested me with Rick now driving 50 minutes each way to work. Thanks for sharing, Shannon, and have a great weekend. :-)
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      50 minutes is a big commute, especially in the winter when I imagine the weather can be a big issue on occasion. :) My commute was never awful but since I moved my practice nearby - it's become quite wonderful! Have a fantastic weekend, Laurie!
  3. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    Cool infograph. The Atlanta commute is one of the worst in the country. Mine is only 7 minutes though, which I thoroughly enjoy! Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      You're like me - a nice, short commute. It really makes a huge difference when you don't have to fight traffic to get to your job. Enjoy your holiday weekend!
  4. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    I love infographics!

    I still can't believe that half of the U.S. lives on less than 46K per year. I think my perception has skewed over the years!
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      I'm a big fan of infographics too! It is a bit shocking to see that so many live on 46K or less a year. It's easy to forget how fortunate we are at times. Have a great weekend!
  5. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    The whole commuting thing can get pretty crazy. Ross over at Cash Rebel had some stat that people spend an average of 30 days per year in their cars. That's nuts! When I ran my own number I came to about 21 days. Pretty shocking.
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      30 days per year - once upon a time that might have been true for me. Now my practice is close by so I'm happy to say that number is significantly reduced. It is pretty shocking when you think about it. You have a great weekend, Matt.
  6. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    This is great. Almost none of the stats apply to me, which is very bizarre....
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      Thanks, Tony! It's probably a good thing to not be a statistic - right? :) Have a great weekend!
  7. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    Fun infographic! Happy long weekend! It is going to be a nice one here too. Most of our summer has been pretty cool, but this week and next week will be in the high 80's . Kind of feel like summer is just beginning for us. Feel bad for the kids here that go back to school next week with the high temps and no AC.
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      It definitely feels like summer here but that kind of nice for the weekend. I remember those days of suffering through school without AC. :) You have a great weekend too!
  8. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    Nice infographic Shannon! I actually almost decided to run it on Monday myself, but went with another one. I love the stats, though crazy to see that half of the population lives on less than $46k. Have a great Holiday weekend!
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      Look forward to checking out your infographic, although in all fairness it probably won't happen on monday! :) It is a bit humbling to see how many people live on less than $46k. You have a great weekend too!
  9. Susan Neal
    Friday, August 30th, 2013
    Hi Shannon,

    Great infographic - I never knew the origins of your Labour Day (I'm from the UK), so that was very interesting. And the bit about commuting reminded me of one of the main reasons I'm so happy I've just retired - I commuted around 20 miles each way for most of my working life and did lots of driving during the working day, ploughing up and down motorways, and I do NOT miss that one jot!

    Enjoy your holiday :)
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      Commutes are tough. They can definitely put you in a not so pleasant mind frame, which is a hard way to start and end your day! Congratulations on your retirement too! You have a great weekend too!
  10. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    Oooh, I love infographics! This was really interesting.

    Have an awesome weekend Shannon :)
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      Thanks, Mackenzie! You have a fantastic weekend too!
  11. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    Interesting infographic! Working from home and having a 10 second commute it would be really hard to go to a 25 minute drive!
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      LOL! My husband has one of those 10 seconds commutes. I used to be envious by now my commute is about 5 minutes, so I really can't complain. Well, I can, but I won't! Have a great weekend, Kyle!
  12. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    Great infographic! Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend here and stay cool! (metaphorically and physically!) :)
    • Friday, August 30th, 2013
      Thanks, Tonya! You have a great weekend and enjoy our beautiful, warm weather too. :)
  13. Friday, August 30th, 2013
    interesting! I am so happy not to have a commute anymore. Leaving before 6am when all is dark would be even worse... Have a nice Labor Day weekend!
    • Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
      Me too, Pauline. Commutes are no fun!
  14. Saturday, August 31st, 2013
    Interesting stats! Didn't show my former career of engineering, not that I'm surprised! Somehow I think it would barely register. We weren't very many women in the engineering degree programs at my university. And my commute was a nightmare at 45 minutes to an hour. So glad I am now working from home - don't get paid nearly what I used to but am so much happier.

    Have a great Labor Day weekend!
    • Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
      Commutes definitely take a good chunk out of our day. :) Thankfully it sounds like you longer have to deal with that any longer. I know having a shorter commute makes my day start a bit brighter!
  15. Saturday, August 31st, 2013
    Hey Shannon and thanks for an insightful and informative read!

    Much like Tony, the majority of the info does not relate to me at all...which is a good thing :)

    The one thing I am somewhat surprised about is that fact that many of your commenters find 46,000.00 to be low. Am I reading that correctly?

    I make a little less than 15,000.00 a year and that's in a GOOD year! However, I live like a King and follow my own path. Maybe it's because I live in Canada?

    Thanks again for an enjoyable read and take care. All the best and enjoy the long weekend :)

    • Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Lyle. I appreciate it! People can definitely live joyfully (or like Kings) on less than $46K but people also adjust to whatever their income level is. Sometimes it can be hard remembering what it was like to live on less. I think what is most important is valuing what you do have and appreciating it.
  16. Saturday, August 31st, 2013
    Excellent infographic Shannon...small businesses are still delivering when it comes to jobs, wonderful! More should be done to increase small businesses access to funds for expansion etc.
    • Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
      Thanks, Simon! Small businesses definitely make a difference, which feels especially good since I am one! :)
  17. Monday, September 2nd, 2013
    That is a great graphic and some crazy stats. I couldn't imagine taking 90 minutes to get to work everyday - what a nightmare!
    • Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
      I couldn't imagine it either, Glen. And I am grateful that I do not have to deal with that kind of commute either!
  18. Friday, September 6th, 2013
    Great infographic! I was actually thinking about Labor Day this year and how ironic it is that some of our lowest paid workers don't get the day off (like people that work in service industries or cashiers, etc etc.) I kept wondering if that would upset the union organizers that originally started the holidays.

    I worry about really important stuff. :p
    • Friday, September 6th, 2013
      Thanks! It does seem like more and more stores stay open on Labor Day. It seems a bit unfair to the employees!
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