Department of Labor

Learn more about the Department of Labor and how it promotes investment in the United States

Seal of the Department of Labor

The Department of Labor (DOL) administers a variety of federal labor laws to guarantee workers' rights to fair, safe, and healthy working conditions, including minimum hourly wage and overtime pay, protection against employment discrimination, and unemployment insurance.

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Mission: To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Investment-related Resources

As an organization with diverse functions, DOL carries out its mission through a number of offices and agencies organized into major program areas.  DOL also offers a wide range of information and services for employers.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

ETA administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems.


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The ApprenticeshipUSA program is one of the many ways that DOL is dedicated to investing in the U.S. workforce. This workforce development program offers employers in every industry the tools and incentives needed to develop a highly skilled, globally competitive workforce.
Learn more about ApprenticeshipUSA Funding Opportunities.

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The Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

The Task Force is charged with the mission of identifying strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient. The creation of the Task Force is a key step in implementing President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order to expand apprenticeships.

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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
The Wage and Hour Division is committed to providing employers with the tools they need to operate in compliance with the variety of labor laws enforced by the Division. WHD offers a number of useful compliance resources intended to provide employers with readily accessible, easy-to-understand information relevant to both their rights and to their responsibilities under the law.

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA works to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.


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Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
BLS measures labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy collecting, analyzing, and disseminating essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.

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