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Workforce Diversity

As an employer, the State of Minnesota is placing renewed focus on ensuring diversity, inclusion, and equity in statewide employment practices. The state has two key goals for these efforts. One is to increase the share of employees who have a disability to 7 percent by 2018 and the other is to increase the share of employees who are a racial/ethnic minority to 20 percent by 2019. The state also has focused efforts to expand the share of state employees who are veterans and/or women.

In the last several years, there have been increases in the share of State of Minnesota employees who are racial/ethnic minorities and/or individuals with disabilities. The rate of increase for individuals with disabilities is on track to meet the goal. The percent of employees who are a racial/ethnic minority is increasing, but the current pace is not on track to meet the 2019 goal.

Success in achieving and maintaining a diverse workforce relies on hiring and retaining diverse staff, as well as having diverse leadership. The data below reflect each of these concepts.

This document (.xlsx) provides the indicator data in table format.

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