Affirmative Action Statistics

The Affirmative Action Statistics packets show the percentage of male or female workers and white or minority workers for every occupation.

Employers can use this information to develop or update an affirmative action plan as required by law. Learn more about affirmative action plans from the Minnesota Office of Human Rights at

Communities can use this information to assess where or whether gender or racial disparities persist in the labor market.

Packets are available for the USA, Minnesota, Greater Minnesota, and selected urban areas also known as Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Areas.

Choose Your Area

If you are an employer, you probably recruit workers who live within commuting distance of your firm. But for some positions, for example professional or high-skill, you may have a broader recruitment area. In these cases, consider adjacent regions, states, or even the U.S. as a whole when setting affirmative action program goals.

If you are a community representative or policy-maker, where does your constituency live and work?

Select a region below for PDF download

United States
Greater Minnesota

Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Duluth-Superior MSA
Mankato MSA 
Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA 
Rochester MSA 
St. Cloud MSA

Micropolitan Statistical Areas

Brainerd MicroSA 
Faribault-Northfield MicroSA 
Fergus Falls MicroSA 
Winona MicroSA

Not sure which to choose?

See which counties are within the above MSAs and MicroSAs.

Other States

For Affirmative Action Statistics from neighboring states, call:

Iowa: 515-281-5116 
North Dakota: 701-328-3048 
South Dakota: 605-626-2314 
Wisconsin: 608-266-0851

Understand the Data

Occupations in the Affirmative Action Statistics are named according to the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Use the links below to browse occupational profiles and determine the closest match to your occupation.

If your selected detailed occupation is not listed in the Affirmative Action Statistics packet, you may substitute the related broad occupation or group occupation listed in the occupational profiles below.

Find occupational definitions by SOC code.
Find occupations alphabetically.