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Department of Labor

The Department of Labor's 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. The rapidly changing manufacturing workplace has led to the growing demand for workers and concerted efforts to support the sector through national, state, and local economic and workforce development activity. In alignment with its mission, the Department of Labor administers several grant programs that seek to increase the number of skilled workers in the high-demand manufacturing field. These include the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program, Jobs Accelerator Innovation Challenge, Make It In America Grant Program, and American Apprenticeship Grant Program. The Department is also supporting in a White House-led initiative, Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, that aims 51 to spur communities to develop integrated, long-term economic development strategies that sharpen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chains to our local communities—increasing investment and creating jobs.