Mother’s Day facts add to fun of Sunday’s occasion

05/09/2014 10:24 AM

05/10/2014 5:37 PM

For the procrastinators out there, Mother’s Day is Sunday so don’t forget to pick up a card or gift ahead of the occasion.

And for those who want to provide Mom with a bit more, the Census Bureau has some fun facts about the national observance: Anna Jarvis was the person pushing for Mother’s Day. In 1914 she got Congress to designate the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

But the reverence turned commercial with greeting cards and gift-giving. So by 2011, there are 15,307 florists nationwide employing 66,165 workers who are always busy preparing always welcomed flowers for Mother’s Day.

That year there also were 12,403 greeting card publishers. You can bet that Hallmark workers are included.

The census also counted 15,097 cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume stores nationwide in 2011. Perfume as a gift is a Mother’s Day favorite.

Jewelry is another. In 2011 there were 23,394 jewelry stores in the U.S.

The census reports there are 4.1 million women ages 15 to 50 who gave birth in the last 12 months and are mommies. Five million women in 2013 were stay-at-home moms. Nearly a quarter of married-couple-family groups with children under age 15 had a stay-at-home mom, which was up from 21 percent in 2000.

In the U.S., 10 million women were single moms in 2013 with children younger than 18. That’s up from 3.4 million in 1970.

To help out the working mothers, in 2011 were 863,126 child day care services employees working at 75,059 day care centers. And if that’s not enough, there were 747,436 child day care services with no paid employees. Some moms rely on them to balance motherhood and careers.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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