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Chart 1. DISTRIBUTION OF EMPLOYEES IN DOL ACCORDING TO PROFESSIONAL OR NONPROFESSIONAL STATUS AND THEIR AVERAGE SALARY, FOR ALL EMPLOYEES, BLACKS, AND WOMEN,
MARCH 31, 1971
nonprofessionals to a slightly greater extent than all
employees, (Chart 1, p. 13 ; and Table 1, p. 242). 3/
Overall, blacks comprise 26 percent of the Department's
However, blacks make up less than 10 percent
of all supergrades and senior staff or supervisory positions
but fill 50 percent of the lower grade secretarial,
cal, and clerical jobs.
The average salary of blacks,
$9,928, is 38 percent below the average for all employees.4/
The status of black women is even worse.
(Chart 1, p. 13 ;
and Table 1, p. 242).
The nonblack mi norities, who comprise 3.3 percent of
the Department's workforce are found in the lower grade
positions to a somewhat greater extent than all employees.
The average salary of the nonblack minorities, $12,705, is
7 percent below the average for all employees.
and 2, p. 252).
3. There are four series of statistical tables in this report, each of which is numbered separately. Therefore, it is necessary to have the table, and page number to locate a particular table, The same table number may refer to up to four different tables.
4/ see p. 220, part a, in the statistical appendix for a discussion of why salary is used instead of average grade in this report.
The position of the 46 percent of the Department's
female employees is roughly equivalent to that of blacks.
Women comprise only 6 per cent of all supergrades, and 12
percent of senior staff or supervisory positions, but they
constitute an awesome 85 percent of the lower grade secre
tarial, clerical and technical positions.
salary of women is 39 percent below the average for all
(Chart 1, p. 13; and Table 1, p. 242).
It should be noted at this point that the status of
blacks and of women are closely interrelated as 71 percent
of all blacks are women and 40 percent of all women are
The adequacy of minority and female employment in DOL,
discussed in the preceding section, can be evaluated more
rigorously through an examination of underutilization.
analysis of the status of minorities and women focuses on
the percent the group comprises of all pro
fessionals, and the distribution of that group within the
First, if the racial-sexual
group meets the criteria established in the "Goals and
5/ Timetables" section for their representation,
be termed as "equitable representation."
are that blacks, nonblack minorities and women should com
prise 12 percent, 8 percent, and 31 percent, respectively, of the professional workforce. 6/
Second, if the group is
distributed within the professional classification as all
employees are, this will be called "equitable distribution."
Both the representation and distribution criteria apply to
each National Office and Field unit of every administration.
Having an equitable representation and distribution in each
of these units will be defined as reaching parity.
The examination of the underutilization of blacks, non
black minorities, and women will be conducted first on a
Department-wide basis and, next, by administration and
The Department-wide analysis which is broken down
by National Office and Field provides the general pattern of minority and female underutilization. However, the
The professional-nonprofessional classification method used in this report is that of the Department's personnel system.