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Business as usual for many workers on Labor Day

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On Labor Day 2013, Brandon Firefighter Brad Brown began his normal work shift checking the pumper truck's inventory list, making sure all the equipment is there. On Labor Day 2013, Brandon Firefighter Brad Brown began his normal work shift checking the pumper truck's inventory list, making sure all the equipment is there.
BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Labor Day was the last official summer holiday with millions across the country taking the day off from work.

But for millions of other Americans it was just another day on the job.

Our search for employees who clocked in was quite easy.

Many occupations don't get a holiday break or forgo the fun in exchange for a fatter paycheck.

On Labor Day 2013, Brandon Firefighter Brad Brown began his normal work shift checking the pumper truck's inventory list, making sure all the equipment is there.

Brown is one of a three-man crew who is accustomed to working holidays.

The 15-year firefighter is a father of four with a baby on the way.

During his career the 33-year-old has worked many holidays not only fighting fires but responding to accidents and medical calls.

"We work 24 hours, and we're off for two days. It's just the rotation whenever it falls on Christmas, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving it doesn't matter. It's always working. No matter if it's Labor Day or not," said Brown.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics more than 155. 7 million Americans are in the workforce.

Labor Day celebrates that but others punch the clock to celebrate a bigger paycheck.

"Today we were especially busy. We had a lot of phone calls. We had to turn down a lot of people saying we're booked," said pet groomer Robbie Barnes Delancey.

The 26-year-old was one of the millions of Americans who gladly worked the holiday.

"Today was one of my scheduled days, but it also helps with getting paid the time and a half. That does give you a little bit of an extra incentive to want to go to work," said Delancey.

Meanwhile many in the nation are calling for an increase in minimum wage.

Workers have protested at national food chains demanding a rate hike from $7.50 an hour to double at $15.

This Labor Day many headed to the movies where theater workers were busy selling tickets and refreshments.

Practically all professions conducted business as usual.

Delancey's completely booked job of pampering pooches could gives us hope that the economy is improving.

"Dog grooming is especially a luxury and people pay a lot of money to have their pets look good. that's what we're here for," added the Pearl resident.

In Mississippi, the July unemployment rate was 8.5% -- down from 9% in June.

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