Labor Day 2000
Department of Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman's 2000 Labor Day Address to the nation:
"With immense satisfaction, deep pride and even a little awe, I am delighted to report that on Labor Day 2000, the state of the American workforce is prosperous, strong and facing the future with confidence.
We knew economies could be good but we didn't know they could be this good. We knew economies could break records but we didn't know they could rewrite the entire record book. Today, in many ways, we are living in a "Tiger Woods" economy.
We are now in month 113 of the longest economic expansion in American history; unemployment is the lowest in 30 years. Twenty-two million new jobs were created in the last eight years; family incomes are climbing and the poverty rate is falling. It is an amazingly prosperous time.
We often give too little credit to the people who really make our economy perform: From the workers who build the jets and fix the computers and sweep the floors to the teachers who spend their days in the classroom with our children. These are the saints of Labor Day, who serve with honor and dignity.
I have seen the honor and dignity of the American worker. I've seen it in coal mines and in classrooms, in office suites and garages. On construction sites and in factories. I've seen it in workplaces all across the country. I've seen it so deeply, so profoundly, it will be with me the rest of my life. It has amazed me and humbled me. These working Americans will make the future a time of great possibilities and opportunity. I wish all of you a happy and enjoyable Labor Day. It's your holiday; you've earned it." -- Alexis M. Herman, Secretary of Labor
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