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About U.S. Department of Labor

The mission of the U.S. Department of Labor is 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.1

The Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about 10 million employers and 125 million workers.

For a summary of the major laws of the Department of Labor.

View the U.S. Department of Labor Organizational Chart.

For a list of DOL Agencies.

Many of the programs WSOS offers are administered by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA). ETA’s mission is to contribute to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing high quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems.2

To learn more about ETA’s vision and their guiding principles.



  1. http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/mission.htm
  2. http://www.doleta.gov/etainfo/mission.cfm