Magazine article Workforce Management

Skewed Diversity

Magazine article Workforce Management

Skewed Diversity

Article excerpt

Diversity programs inflate the data that measure progress by including Asian employees who no longer bear the mark of minorities in employment and earnings.

DATA BANK

IN April 2010, the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent for Asian workers, 9 percent for whites, 1 2.5 percent for Hispanics and 16.5 percent for blacks. The downturn and its aftermath have confirmed a decade-long shift in the Asian role in U.S. labor markets. For the first time in history, a minority group has surpassed white workers in employment and earnings.

Asian unemployment rates fell below white unemployment rates in the wake of the last recession and have largely remained below white rates since then. In addition, Asian workers now earn more on average than white workers, and the gap is growing. In 2000, Asian and white wages were near parity, but by 2009, Asians older than 25 out-earned their white counterparts by 13.5 percent.

Part of the explanation for Asian progress in employment and earnings can be found in educational achievement and occupational and industry distribution. …

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