Diversity and Inclusion in High-Paying Jobs | Chmura

Posted on June 13, 2022 by Bryan Shelly

In an era of increasing focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Chmura Economics & Analytics sought to find if the workers with the “best” jobs in the United States reflect the actual demographic landscape of the workforce.

Armed with extensive labor market data and its powerful JobsEQ® software, Chmura analyzed the racial, ethnic, and gender makeup of the elite workforce in the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).

Chmura defined elite jobs as the highest-paying and fastest growing in the labor market and created an “inclusion ratio” that compares the share of Black, Hispanic, and female workers who occupy these jobs with the share of all jobs these groups occupy.

The study found that the United States’ workforce has plenty of progress to make so that the distribution of elite workers matches the diversity of all workers. There is not a single area in the country where the people in the best jobs look like the overall labor force.

Some highlights include:

  • The most inclusive MSA for Blacks is Jackson, MS. The least inclusive MSA for Blacks is San Francisco, CA.
  • Transcending traditional stereotypes, the South holds nine out of the ten most representative MSAs for Blacks.
  • The most inclusive MSA for Hispanics is McAllen, TX. The least inclusive MSA for Hispanics is Milwaukee, WI.
  • Inclusion of Blacks and Hispanics in elite jobs improved in areas with lower populations.
  • The most inclusive MSA for women is Lakeland, FL. The least inclusive MSA for women is Colorado Springs, CO.

Inclusion of Blacks and Hispanics in elite jobs improved in areas with lower populations.

To see how representative the elite workforce is in your metropolitan area, download the report here.

This blog reflects Chmura staff assessments and opinions with the information available at the time the blog was written.