Callista and Newt Gingrich: On Labor Day 2021 here's what COVID has taught us about American workers

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 As Americans gather on Monday to relax and enjoy Labor Day with their family and friends, it is a good time to reflect on what this traditional holiday means to working Americans in the 21st century.

The legislation which made Labor Day a national holiday was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. It was created during a time of rapid industrialization and economic growth, as much of the United States shifted from an agricultural to industrial economy. This period of change created many challenges for working Americans as they had to learn new skills and work long hours. 

The past year-and-a-half has also presented many challenges and changes for working Americans. The threat of a global pandemic reshaped work in ways we could not have imagined even a few years ago.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 25 percent of employed Americans worked from home in 2019, and 50 percent had hybrid schedules. In 2020, the Bureau found the number of Americans working from home nearly doubled to 42 percent. 

Even now, with 53 percent of Americans fully vaccinated, roughly 60 million Americans are working from home full- or part-time.

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