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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
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Have You Ever Wondered What the U.S. Department of Labor Official Seal Represents?

  • The anvil represents industry. (The hammer that originally sat in front of it has mysteriously disappeared.)
  • Red represents valor and courage in doing our work.
  • Blue represents dependability and trustworthiness.
  • The plough represents agriculture.
  • Gold represents the value of what we do.
  • The pulley, lever and fulcrum represent the principles of mechanics. (A fulcrum is the pivot point for a lever to rotate objects.)
  • The eagle represents the United States of America

Our seal was designed in 1913, when the department was founded.