What is Labor Day to the young in 2011?

By Posted 4 Sep 2011, 11:26

Tomorrow is exactly 129 years to the day since the first big Labor Day was celebrated in the United States, although it was another 12 years following this date when Labor Day became a federal holiday. If you ask most young people today what is Labor Day? How many would know its history and what it really means, including the workers that lost their life during strikes?

While it means something different to a range of people, and opinions annoy some, it’s not only people that get the meaning of Labor Day wrong, which was shown in a recent post by gadget blog, Gizmodo. They posted a screenshot of what Apple’s iTunes thought Labor Day is after running a search, and this image can be seen below. Let us know your thoughts on this search returning details on pregnancy and babies, while it’s funny for some of us, others find the inaccuracy disgusting.

Many of our young readers, from teenagers to young adults, see Labor Day in 2011 as a time for sales and getting a good deal. This goes for many types of products including music, movies, and apps. Some retail stores and online websites see Labor Day as a time to increase sales, and aim to tempt visitors with big discounts. One brand doing just this is EA Mobile; you can see this page that shows discounts on iPhone and iPad apps. EA has listed some iPhone apps for 99 cents and iPad apps for $1.99, which is almost 80% off for some of their applications. Have you seen any good deals on offer this year during the Labor Day weekend?

Not everyone has the money to spend on Labor Day sales, and it’s a fact that some young people are more concerned about unemployment this year. This article looks at the high unemployment rate among young people, which 17.4 percent of those 16 to 24 are said to be jobless in the U.S.

What does Labor Day mean to you?