by Art Gutman Ph.D., Professor, Florida Institute of Psychology
In a press release dated February 5, 2010, the EEOC reported the following facts based on EEO-1 data extracts in 2008. Key facts include:
- Of the approximately 62 million private sector employees nationwide covered by the 2008 survey, about 30 million (48%) were women and 21 million (34%) were minorities;
- The rate of minority employment tripled between 1966 and 2008 from 11% to 34%;
- Among the four minority groups continuously measured, the employment rate for Black or African Americans increased steadily from 8% in 1966 to 14% in 2008;
- Hispanics or Latinos had the fastest growth rate in the private sector, increasing from 2.5% to over 13% between 1966 and 2008;
- Women’s overall participation rate in the private sector jumped from 31% to 48% between 1966 and 2008.
The report in its entirety is available on the EEOC’s website (http://www.eeoc.gov/).