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Government Documents - Department of Labor: Home

Guide to the Department of Labor and its subsidiary agencies. Publications cover topics such as employment and unemployment, earnings, price indexes, labor laws, fair employment, women and minority workers, and child labor.

About the agency

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 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."

Internet resources

Our holdings

Government Documents holds an extensive collection of Department of Labor publications, including the following series:

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.

About this guide

This guide was revised by Andrea M. Wade for LIS 618 on May 13, 2015.

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