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Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor & Industry

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Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $72,590,000
Term limits:  None
Authority:  Pennsylvania Constitution, Article IV, Section 1
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

Julia Hearthway.jpg
Name:  Julia Hearthway
Assumed office:  March 31, 2011
Compensation:  $146,579
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The Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry is an appointed, state executive position in the Pennsylvania state government. The incumbent oversees unemployment and workers' compensation benefits administration, vocational rehabilitation programs for individual with disabilities, and economic development across the commonwealth.

Current officeholder

Julia Hearthway is the current Secretary for Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry. She was nominated to the position by Governor Tom Corbett on March 31, 2011 and confirmed by the state senate on June 22, 2011.


Though the state constitution does not specifically create the office of Secretary of Labor and Industry, it does allow for the addition of public officers in Article IV, Section 1:

All officers, whose selection is not provided for in this Constitution, shall be elected or appointed as may be directed by law.


There are no specific qualifications for the Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor & Industry.


The Secretary of Labor and Industry is not elected in Pennsylvania. The Governor nominates a candidate to the state senate, and the senate confirms the nominee by a two-thirds majority before the candidate takes the oath of office.


Article IV, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution grants the governor the power to appoint officers to fill vacancies. In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor nominates a successor. This nomination must be made to the commonwealth senate within 90 days of the vacancy. The senate must then take action (confirming or not confirming the nomination) within 25 legislative days.[1]


The Department of Labor & Industry administers a number of programs for workers in Pennsylvania, including unemployment benefits, workers' compensation benefits, and vocational rehabilitation for individual with disabilities. The department also promotes economic development across the commonwealth, and advocates to help the commonwealth's workforce "remain world-class and globally competitive."[2]

State budget

The budget for the Department of Labor and Industry in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $72,590,000.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the secretary was paid an estimated $146,579. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry was paid an estimated $139,931 according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Contact information

PA Department of Labor & Industry
Room 1700
651 Boas Street
Harrisburg, PA 17121

General information: 717-787-5279
Personnel information: 717-787-6374
Press office: 717-787-7530

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