Work and Industry
Do you remember your first job?
Was it a paper route, at the register of a local grocery store, or on the family farm? Or are you close to retirement age, but have no intention of slowing down?
Workers are the backbone of American society and the lifeblood of our towns. Known for their strong work ethic, Americans invest themselves physically, emotionally, and intellectually in their work. With strength, ingenuity, creativity, thoughtfulness, and heroics, American workers keep our economy and our society up and running. Our jobs and lives are interconnected, helping to keep America going strong.
Communities all over the United States are recognized by the industries located there. Americans know what work happens in California’s “Silicon Valley”; in Pittsburgh “Steel City,” Pennsylvania; and in Milwaukee “Brew City,” Wisconsin. Local industries are written into the fabric of everyday life through festivals, sports teams, charities, and even town nicknames. What’s your town’s claim to work fame?
How has your work affected your life? Americans value hard work and recognize the interconnected relationship between work and culture. Historically, the country has thrived because of its energetic and diverse workforce. Work is more than just getting ahead and attaining a higher rung on the social ladder. While it can be practical, challenging, and fulfilling, work also powers the nation’s economic engine and plays an important role in our culture.
Tell us more about how work impacts your community. Or, check out online exhibits on work.