The labor commissioner leads Georgia’s Department of Labor. The DOL seeks to assist Georgians in attaining self-sufficiency through employment and helping employers meet their business needs through recruitment, training, and other work force improvement initiatives.
The Department of Labor began as the Department of Commerce & Labor in 1911. It was created to oversee labor and safety regulations within the workforce. Today, the DOL also focuses on improving the workforce through various programs including the federally-funded Workforce Improvement Act. The WIA promotes employment opportunities and job training. In partnership with the Technical College System of GA, the DOL provides career centers for Georgia citizens across the state at technical college campuses.
In addition to training and employment initiatives, the DOL also oversees the state’s vocational rehabilitation centers. These centers help Georgians overcome disabilities to re-enter the workforce.
In the video that streams below, Mark Butler is erroneously identified in the graphics appearing in the Republican debate as having served 20 years in the US Marines and being born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Mr. Butler has not served in the military and was actually born in Carrollton, Georgia. We regret the error.