Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry was established in 1913 to inspect working conditions in factories throughout the state. Since its founding, the department’s responsibilities have expanded into what is now one of the largest and most diversified agencies in the commonwealth.
Who They Employ
The PA Department of Labor and Industry currently employs thousands of people in 147 offices throughout the state, according to Lindsay Bracale of the department's Press Office.
740 people are employed in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties combined.
The Department of Labor and Industry website states that their mission is to improve the quality of life and economic security for Pennsylvania workers and businesses, encourage labor-management cooperation and prepare the commonwealth's workforce for the jobs of the future.
What They Do
The Department of Labor and Industry oversees the administration of benefits to unemployed individuals, the administration of workers’ compensation benefits to individuals with job-related injuries, and provides vocational rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities, according to their website.
They also enforce various laws and safety standards in the workplace and administer the commonwealth’s programs for community service by young Pennsylvanians.
In addition, they "promote economic development and an improved business climate".