Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday serves as a tribute to the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and wellbeing of the United States.
This holiday certainly looks different in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects not only on public health but also on our economy and society. Last summer, the unemployment rate in the United States was 3.7%. This summer, it reached 10.2%*. Parades have been canceled and gatherings between families and friends are taking place at a distance, if at all.
As we consider the significance of Labor Day, let's take some time to appreciate the essential workers who have kept our country going through the COVID-19 pandemic – especially those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, food and agriculture, energy, transportation and logistics, public works, information technology, critical manufacturing, financial services, and national security.
Set aside some time today to reflect on the state of your career. Here are some resources that can help:
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics