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Brennan Whitfield | Oct 21, 2022

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are among the most important topics facing HR, people team and recruiting professionals.

Knowing a wide range of statistics related to diversity and inclusion might help you and your team better understand the complex nature of the topics. Using this knowledge, you can work toward building a diverse and inclusive workforce that will ultimately yield higher revenue and boost employee performance.

Diversity and Inclusion Workplace Statistics to Know

  • Groups formerly seen as “minorities” may reach majority status by 2044.
  • 48 percent of Generation Z are racial or ethnic minorities.
  • Diverse companies enjoy 2.5 times higher cash flow per employee.
  • Diverse management has been shown to increase revenue by 19 percent.
  • Gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to surpass industry median financial returns.
  • 3 in 4 job seekers and workers prefer diverse companies.

 

General Population Statistics

The U.S. Is Becoming More Diverse

The Population of White People Is Decreasing

People who identify as white and non-Hispanic (the current largest U.S. racial population) in the United States declined in numbers for the first time on record in 2020, falling at 57.8 percent of the country’s population for that year. This population decreased from 63.7 percent in 2010.

By 2044, ‘Minority’ Groups Will Reach Majority Status

By 2044, more than half of all Americans are projected to belong to a minority group (those falling outside white non-Hispanic), accounting for the majority of the U.S. population by this time.

By 2065, The U.S. Will Not Have Any Single Ethnic or Racial Majorities

Due to a steady decrease in the white population, there will no longer be a single ethnic or racial majority in the United States by 2065, according to Pew Research Center projections.

 

Generation Z and Millenials Include More Racial and Ethnic Minorities

48 Percent of Generation Z Are Racial or Ethnic Minorities

Generation Z is the most racially diverse U.S. generation, with more than 48 percent identifying as non-white.

Millenials Are 16 Percent More Diverse Than Baby Boomers

Census data shows that around 56 percent of Millennials are white, whereas Baby Boomers are around 75 percent white. Additionally, there are now more Millennials than Baby Boomers in the U.S. population today, taking the place as the largest generation group in the country.

 

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Diverse Demographics Employment Statistics

Minority Populations Are More Likely to Be Unemployed

Unemployment Rate Is Higher Among Black and Hispanic or Latinx Populations

Based on 2020 Census data, the average U.S. unemployment rate sits at approximately 8.1 percent. Meanwhile, average U.S. unemployment rates were higher for people who are Black (11.5 percent) and Hispanic or Latinx (10.6 percent).

10.1 Percent of People With Disabilities Were Unemployed in 2021 

In 2021, around 10.1 percent of people with a disability in the U.S. were unemployed. Across all age groups, people with disabilities are less likely to be employed than people without disabilities.

5.6 Percent of Foreign-Born Workers Were Unemployed in 2021

In 2021, around 5.6 percent of foreign-born U.S. workers were unemployed — down 3.6 percent from 2020 (likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic), but up 2.5 percent from 2019. For reference, 17.4 percent of the U.S. workforce is foreign-born as of 2021.

8.2 Percent of People With Less Than a High School Diploma Were Unemployed in 2021

Those in the U.S. who are 25 and older and hold no high school diploma experienced an average unemployment rate of 8.2 percent in 2021 — the highest rate in comparison to those with a high school diploma or more education. Within the same age and education group, the highest unemployment rates were found amongst Native American or Alaska Native (19 percent) as well as Black (18 percent) populations.

 

Families and Couples Often Face Significant Financial Hardship

21.5 Percent of Families Didn’t Have One Family Member Employed

In 2021, 21.5 percent of families had no member employed. Additionally, that percentage goes up to 23.4 percent for Black families.

1 in 4 Heterosexual Married-Couple Families Live on a Single Income

25.3 percent of heterosexual married-couple families live on a single income, with one of the parents staying home with the children in 2021.

In 18.2 Percent of Heterosexual Married-Couple Families, Only Husband Was Employed

In 2021, about 18 percent of married-couple families were living on a single income brought in solely by the husband of the family. That’s compared to 7.1 percent of heterosexual married-couple families where only the wife was employed.

 

Gender Diversity in the Workplace Statistics

Almost Half of U.S. Employees Are Women

As of 2022, women make up 46.6 percent of overall U.S. employees, but there’s still a long way to go to make it a more equitable environment.

 

Women Are More Likely to Experience Workplace Bias

Women’s Wages Equal 83.1 Percent of Men’s Wages

In 2021, the median weekly earnings of full-time working women equaled 83.1 percent of the median weekly earnings by full-time working men.

42 Percent of Women Have Faced Gender Discrimination at Work

A 2017 Pew Research Survey revealed that 42 percent of women in the United States say they have faced workplace gender discrimination.

Men Are Twice as Likely to Be Hired, Regardless of Hiring Manager’s Gender

A study found that hiring managers — regardless of gender — are twice as likely to hire candidates who are men.

8 Percent of Fortune 500 CEOs Are Women

In 2021, women made up about 8 percent of the CEO workforce at Fortune 500 companies. This led the amount of women CEOs to total 41, which is the highest it’s ever been.

For Every 100 Men Promoted to Manager, Only 86 Women Are Promoted

Only 86 women are promoted for every 100 men promoted to manager, and as a result men significantly outnumber women in managerial positions.

Women Ask for Pay Raises at the Same Rate as Men, But Receive Them Less Often

Women ask for pay raises almost just as often as men at similar positions (between 36 percent for women and 37 percent for men) — but women receive them about 8 percent less often than men do.

 

Women Are Less Likely to Be In C-Suite Roles

22 Percent of C-Suites in the Software Tech Industry Are Women

That number drops to 14 percent when looking at women holding C-suite roles at tech hardware companies. (That’s why some companies are focused on increasing the amount of women in tech leadership positions.)

5 Percent of C-Suite Leaders Are Women of Color

Of the 26 percent of women in the C-suite, just 5 percent of those leaders are women of color. In nearly every category, women of color are the most underrepresented population in the workforce, compared to white women, men of color and white men.

Additionally, the same report found that, between entry level and the C-suite, the representation of women of color drops off by more than 75 percent.

 

Women Are Achieving Higher Levels in the Workforce 

Women Are More Likely to be Hired With Blind Applications

A study conducted by Harvard University and Princeton University researchers found that, when men and women submitted blind applications or auditions for a job, a woman’s likelihood of getting the job increased by 25 to 46 percent. And under these conditions, women were more likely to be hired than men.

Women Obtain 4-Year College Degrees More Than Men 

Women are getting higher education degrees more often than men, making them more competitive candidates in the workforce compared to their counterparts who do not have a degree.

Senior-Level Women Are Twice as Likely as Senior-Level Men to Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In a 2021 report, McKinsey found that women in senior management were twice as likely as men in similar roles to spend “substantial time” on DEI work falling outside their normal job responsibilities, such as supporting employee resource groups.

 

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Workplace Statistics

White People Are the Majority of the U.S. Workforce

77 Percent of the U.S. Workforce Is White

77 percent of the U.S. workforce is made up of white people. Hispanic or Latinx people make up 18 percent of the workforce, Black people make up around 13 percent of the workforce and Asian people make up about 6 percent of the workforce, as of 2020.

6 Fortune 500 Companies Have a Black CEO 

As of 2022, six Fortune 500 companies have a chief executive officer who is Black.

 

People of Color Are More Likely to Experience Workplace Bias

1 in 4 Black and Hispanic or Latinx Employees Report Discrimination at Work

A 2020 Gallup poll found that about 24 percent of both Black and Hispanic or Latinx employees have experienced discrimination in the workplace.

Candidates With “Distinctively Black Names” Are Less Likely to Move Forward in Interview Process

Researchers found that job candidates who have “distinctively Black names” have a lower probability of hearing back from companies they applied to than job candidates who don’t.

0.4 Percent of Fortune 500 Companies Make Diversity and Inclusion Data Publicly Available

A little more than half of the Fortune 500 companies have published some sort of data on their racial and ethnic makeup in 2021. But only 22 Fortune 500 companies released full breakdowns across racial and ethnic categories.

 

Diversity and Inclusion Business Impact Statistics

Diverse Companies Are More Likely to Be Profitable

Diverse Companies Have 2.5 Times Higher Cash Flow Per Employee

Companies with highly diverse teams noticed a significant increase in cash flow — to the tune of 2.5 times per employee.

Diverse Management Boosts Revenue by 19 Percent

A Boston Consulting Group study looked at companies with diverse management teams and found that, on average, they enjoyed a 19 percent increase in revenue compared to their less diverse counterparts as of 2018. 

Companies With Diverse Boards Saw Higher Profits

During 2018 to 2020, companies with more than 30 percent of board seats occupied by women delivered higher year-over-year revenue in comparison to less gender-diverse counterparts. Plus, companies with 30 percent or more board seats occupied by non-white directors delivered higher year-over-year revenue in comparison to companies with less than 20 percent of the board occupied by non-white directors.

Diverse Companies Are More Likely to Capture New Markets

According to a 2013 report, diverse companies are 70 percent more likely to capture new markets

Diverse Companies See Higher Innovation Revenues

Boston Consulting Group surveyed 1,700 companies and found that companies with above-average total diversity had 19 percent higher innovation revenues on average.

 

Diverse Companies Are More Likely to Be Collaborative and Engaged

Diverse Teams Are Better at Making Decisions

Compared to individual decision makers, diverse teams make better decisions 87 percent of the time.

Inclusive Company Cultures Lead to Higher Work Engagement For Millennials 

When companies foster a more inclusive work environment, 83 percent of Millennials are found to be actively engaged in their work.

 

Gender-Diverse Teams Are More Likely to Be Profitable

Highly Gender-Diverse Companies Notice Improved Value Creation

Gender-diverse companies that are in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive boards are 27 percent more likely to have superior value creation.

Gender-Diverse Teams Are 15 Percent More Likely to Outperform Industry Returns

McKinsey found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.

Gender-Diverse Executive Teams Tend to Be More Profitable

Highly gender-diverse executive teams are found to be 21 percent more likely to perform above the national industry mean on profitability.

Gender-Diverse Senior Executive Teams In the U.K. See an Earnings Boost

For every 10 percent increase in gender diversity among senior executive teams in the United Kingdom, companies earn 3.5 percent more in earnings before interest and taxes. 

Global GDP Could Increase 26 Percent By Making Workforce Equally Gender-Diverse

If the global workforce became equally gender-diverse by 2025, global GDP could increase by $28 trillion.

 

Racially and Ethnically-Diverse Teams Are More Likely to Be Profitable

Racially and Ethnically-Diverse Teams Are 35 Percent More Likely to Outperform Industry Returns

Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to outperform their respective national industry medians’ financial returns.

Ethnically Diverse Executive Teams Tend to Be More Profitable

Executive teams with high ethnic diversity are found to be 33 percent more likely to perform above the national industry mean on profitability.

 

Importance of Diversity Among Job Seekers and Employees Statistics

Discrimination in the Workplace Still Occurs

3 in 5 Employees Have Experienced or Witnessed Discrimination at Work 

In a 2019 Glassdoor Report, 61 percent of U.S. employees noted experiencing or witnessing workplace discrimination.

34 Percent of Employees Leave a Job Due to Unresolved Harassment Issues

Out of a survey of 822 Americans, 34 percent of the participants noted leaving a job because of unresolved harassment issues.

 

Workers Prefer Diverse and Inclusive Companies

3 in 4 Job Seekers and Employees Value Diverse Companies 

According to a 2020 Glassdoor survey, 76 percent of job seekers and employees polled said a diverse workforce was an important factor for them when evaluating job opportunities and companies.

80 Percent of Workers Want Inclusive Companies 

According to a Deloitte survey, 80 percent of over 1,300 respondents said inclusion efforts were an important factor when choosing a company. 

78 Percent of People Believe Diversity and Inclusion Offer a Competitive Advantage

Another Deloitte survey found that 78 percent of respondents believed diversity and inclusion offers a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

13 Percent of Employees Monitor How Senior Managers Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

Some employees actively keep tabs on diversity and inclusion efforts within their companies. In fact, 13 percent of employees monitor how often senior managers discuss the topics during meetings. 

Half of Employees Want Their Company to Invest More Toward Diversity and Inclusion

50 percent of U.S. employees are looking for their company to invest more in promoting workplace diversity and inclusion.

40 Percent of Employees Want Their Company to Be More LGBTQ+-Inclusive 

40 percent of U.S. employees feel their companies aren’t doing enough to inclusively hire more members of the LGBTQ+ community.

44 Percent of Women Wouldn’t Work for a Non-Inclusive Company

In one survey, 44 percent of women respondents said they have decided against pursuing or accepting a job position due to the belief that the organization wouldn’t be inclusive.

 

Companies Are Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion

3 in 4 Companies Believe Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Is a Priority 

In a survey by Beamery, 3 out of 4 companies rated every aspect of DEI listed as a priority within their organization.

40 Percent of Organizations Have Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at a C-Level Priority 

While diversity and inclusion seem to consistently be important topics to employees at each seniority level, 40 percent of organizations in one survey have taken the priority to C-suite level. 

 

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