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Have you ever wondered why we have the day off on the first Monday in September? How and why did Labor Day become a national holiday in the U.S.? Most businesses are closed on Labor Day, but if you are a medical professional, you actually may have to work on Monday, especially if you work in a hospital, urgent care center, long-term care or home health. However, if you are a healthcare professional who works in an medical office setting, a government job, or in a medical industry job, you are probably enjoying a work-free day off on Monday.

It seems ironic to celebrate America's workforce by not working, especially when there are millions of people nationwide who remain unemployed, and are still struggling to obtain suitable employment. In fact, this year's Labor Day holiday weekend began with some very bad news on the unemployment situation. According to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation's economy posted a net gain of zero new jobs for the month of August. Reportedly, this is the first time since 1945 that this has happened. To learn more about how the Labor Day holiday was established, check out the brief history of Labor Day.

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