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Chattanooga workers reflect on Labor Day

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The first Labor Day holiday was recognized in 1882 when 10,000 workers assembled for a parade in New York City. As of July 2013, the Census Bureau estimates there are about 156 million American workers.

More than three million of them are food preparers and servers like Sabrina Marble.

"The economy is bad so the people are not coming in like they normally would," Marble explains.  
She has worked at a 24 hour diner in Chattanooga for 10 years but admits she's taken a pay cut.

"I'm not making the money that I made, but I have a job, so I'm thankful for that," says Marble.

While the economy may not be what it used to, it's not all bad news for Chattanooga workers. Derdrick Brown works as a landscaper for the Chattanooga Choo Choo and says he's noticed an up-tick in business.

"I'm getting more hours, more work, economy has picked up. I can tell a big difference from last year," says Brown.

The same goes for car salesman, Stephen Mayes.

"As for me I've done nothing but make more money," Mayes says.

Many consider the Labor Day holiday as the end of summer, however, the summer doesn't officially end until Sept. 22, 2013.

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