Quiz: The End-of-Summer Holiday

Test your knowledge of Labor Day, the Department of Labor, and more.

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  1. When was the first Labor Day celebrated in the United States?
  2. What was the first state to pass a law making Labor Day a state holiday?
  3. What tragic event inspired the White House to establish a national holiday to celebrate the nation's workforce?
  4. Who is the current secretary of the Department of Labor?
  5. True or false: Six of the last seven Labor secretaries have been women.
  6. In 2009, what proportion of wage and salary workers in the United States were members of a labor union?
  7. According to the most recent figures, what state has an unemployment rate of 14.3 percent, the highest in the country?
  8. When was the Fair Labor Standards Act, which set a federal minimum wage and prohibited child labor, enacted?
  9. What is the current federal minimum wage per hour in the United States?