The Bureau of Labor was established within the Department of the Interior in 1884. The Cabinet-level Department of Commerce and Labor was established in 1903. In 1913, the Department of Labor (DOL) was established as a separate Cabinet-level agency. Its mission 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."
Government Documents holds an extensive collection of Department of Labor publications, including the following series, which are available in print or in the HathiTrust Digital Library:
Older Department of Labor documents are available in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (UHM login required).
Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche set.
We also have a variety of general publications, pamphlets, and other Labor materials, as well as Congressional hearings, documents, and reports about labor in the U.S. Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.
Please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics page.