Why Diversify the Workforce?
Minorities and immigrants are increasingly playing an important role as workers both at the high skilled as well as the low skilled level. In Minnesota and the nation here are some important trends regarding minorities and the workforce:
- Immigrants and minorities are overrepresented in high skilled occupations such as Physicians, Dentists, Nuclear Scientist, and Computer professionals.
- Immigrants and minorities are overrepresented in low skilled occupations such as roofers, dishwashers, food preparation and service and parking garage attendants.
- Ethnic workers make up an increasing share of the prime workforce in Minnesota in the age group 25-54 years according to data estimated by the Minnesota State Demographer.
- According to the Minnesota State Demographer and State Economist, as Minnesota’s population ages, minorities and migration will be needed to fill shortages in labor in many areas.