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Povertyin America: One Nation, Pulling Apart

The Well-Being of America's Workforce: The Role of the Department of Labor in the Federal Effort to Alleviate Poverty

Tracey L. Farrigan and Amy K. Glasmeier

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Excerpt: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) was established in 1913 by the Organic Act of the Department of Labor in order to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States, to improve their working conditions and to enhance their opportunities for profitable employment. Throughout its history and to this day the focus of the Department of Labor has remained much the same: to ensure a prepared and secure workforce and a quality workplace. However, through time the structure of the department and its means for achieving those goals have changed.