This report includes information available through the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The most recent DOL data is for 2017; the most recent EEOC data available is for 2015.
For the purposes of this report, the DOL data was pulled in occupational areas including: technology, manufacturing, finance, sales and HR. The data lists specific occupations within those sectors and provides U.S. workforce demographics for those occupations broken out by gender and race. For example, in the U.S. workforce, according to DOL, 29% of computer and information systems managers are female. This type of information is used by companies as a benchmark and point of comparison to assess diversity in their workforce, and set goals for increasing diversity in particular business functions and occupations.
The EEOC data is collected differently at the federal level. The information aggregates occupations into broad categories (i.e. pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing), and within the broad category, provides gender and race demographic information by level of position held (i.e. executive and senior level managers, mid-level managers and supervisors, etc.).
While DOL provides useful statistics about diversity in occupations, the EEOC data provides useful information about the level of position held. Combined, the two sets of data provide a meaningful baseline for establishing diversity targets within the organization.