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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

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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

workforce.

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,

techni

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.

(Tables i

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.

The average

salary of women is 39 percent below the average for all

employees.

(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

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The adequacy of minority and female employment in DOL,

discussed in the preceding section, can be evaluated more

rigorously through an examination of underutilization.

This

analysis of the status of minorities and women focuses on

two factors:

the percent the group comprises of all pro

fessionals, and the distribution of that group within the

professional classification.

First, if the racial-sexual

group meets the criteria established in the "Goals and

5/ Timetables" section for their representation,

this will

be termed as "equitable representation."

These criteria

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

region.

The Department-wide analysis which is broken down

by National Office and Field provides the general pattern of minority and female underutilization. However, the

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The professional-nonprofessional classification method used in this report is that of the Department's personnel system.

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