It’s a good news, bad news situation when it comes to how minorities and women are faring in the workplace, according to an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report released today.
There are five to seven times as many African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans in senior level jobs in the economy than 50 years ago, said the report American Experiences versus American Expectations, an update to a 1977 report.
That’s the good news. But the bad news is that women and minorities remain concentrated, or segregated, in lower paying positions. For example, in 2013:
- Hispanics composed 20.5 percent of Service Workers and 29.2 percent of Laborers, yet they were only 5.7 percent of Professionals and 7.4 percent of Officials and Managers.
- African-Americans composed 23.3 percent of Service Workers and 18.7 percent of Laborers, yet they were only 7.6 percent of Professionals and 6.8 percent of Officials and Managers.
So this is progress of a sort but there’s still a ways to go until women and persons of color fill those positions occupied by primarily by men and whites.
The new report, an update to EEOC’s groundbreaking 1977 report Black Experiences Versus Black Expectations, examines changes in participation in nine job categories for African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, and women between 1966, the first year for which EEOC collected data, and 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The report draws on data from EEOC’s EEO-1 survey, based on reports filed by employers with 100 or more employees.
Here’s the full report.