Diversity in Demand

demand for diversity


Employment Demands Rise for Women and Minorities    
by VERGE Staff | Career | Wednesday, March 12, 2014 

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Professional Diversity Network (PDN) develops and operates online networks created to serve diverse professionals in the U.S. by providing them with access to employment opportunities. PDN also offers employers who value diversity an online platform to help them identify and acquire diverse talent for their hiring needs. 

To complement data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Employment Situation report, Professional Diversity Network, Inc. recently released its latest Diversity Jobs Report. The report includes a Diversity Jobs Index (DJI), which analyzes the monthly employment condition for women, veterans, disabled persons, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans and members of the LGBT community. Overall, the March DJI report indicates a 9.5% increase in demand for diverse talent compared to the previous month.

A few highlights from the March 2014 Diversity Jobs Report 

Although women are making strides, they are missing out on high-paying tech jobs

Despite the fact that women comprise 47% of the total workforce, they remain underrepresented in the Information sector, which includes jobs in the fast-growing IT space.

Still few veterans working on Wall Street

While nearly 14% of the Public Administration labor force is comprised of veterans, they remain underrepresented in the Financial Activities sector, which includes jobs in banking and finance.

More Black professionals are teaching and providing healthcare services

African Americans are strongly represented in the Educational and Health Services sector, but like veterans, they are also underrepresented in Financial Services.

Disabled persons and veterans are among the top groups least represented in the total workforce

Disabled persons and veterans comprise only 3.5% and 6.2% of the total workforce respectively, whereas African Americans comprise 12%. Hispanics comprise 16.2% and are strongly represented in the Leisure and Hospitality sectors. Again, women comprise almost half of the total workforce at 47%, and like most Black professionals, women are highly represented in the Educational and Health Services industries.  

Source: Professional Diversity Network, Inc. Photo credit: ©iStock/tetmc

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