HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - More than 119 million people in the nation claim jobs in the service industry, according to the Department of Labor.
Working for the public often means sacrifices like working on holidays when others are enjoying their day off with food, family and friends.
WLOX NEWS tagged along with some of the public servants hard at it while many of you were relaxing.
"I feel good working on Labor Day," said Shane Gilbert a Sanitation Worker For Waste Management.
It's a dirty job, but Gilbert says someone has to do it even on Labor Day. He says a break for him would mean a build-up of rotten trash for the residents.
"Everyday is a day at work for me everyday. I don't care if it's Christmas, Thanksgiving, Waste Management is coming to pick it up," explained Gilbert.
For Harvey Construction workers laboring on Labor Day is all about keeping the house they are building on schedule.
"It's a job, we've got to do what we have to do for the project. You know? It's all about the finished product to us," said Mark Mitchell, with Harvey Construction.
But, Mitchell admits there are better ways to spend a Labor Day holiday.
"I'd love to be out there on a pond fishing or barbecuing and why not, but like I said we've got to get this project going for the people," said Mitchell.
Officer Jody Richardson is with the Waveland Police Department. He's sworn to protect and serve even on holidays.
"Whenever I took this job I knew ahead of time I'd have to sacrifice sometimes with family sometimes with friends to make sure everybody else can enjoy it," explained Richardson.
Officer Richardson says he'll celebrate the Labor Day Holiday with his family on Wednesday.
"My first day off I may have a little make-up barbeque," said Richardson.
We can't forget reporters. They have to work too. The news doesn't stop on holidays and it's our job to gather the facts and deliver them to you.
And for those who did have the day off, it will be a short four-day work week before the weekend rolls around again.