Today, the U.S. Department of Labor is celebrating its centennial anniversary. For the past 100 years, the Department of Labor has worked to promote and advance the interests of families, workers, job seekers and retirees of the United States. While protecting the dignity of American workers, the Department has ensured workers have received safety protections and fair wages for their work. The Department of Labor is proud of its many important achievements, from providing the framework for the 40-hour work week to allowing parents to take leave for family emergencies. American workers have always been the backbone of our country and as another century stretches ahead, the Department remains committed to ensuring workers have more opportunities to build a better future.
- Watch this centennial video that tells the story of the Labor Department.
- Explore this interactive historical timeline that brings more detailed accounts of the Department’s challenges and achievements covering world wars to economic downturns.
- Read President Obama’s special proclamation to mark this important occasion
- View the DOL's special centennial web page.