EEOC Launches New Interactive Data Tool to Track Employment Trends

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched a new interactive data query and mapping tool called EEOC Explore that gives users access to the most current, granular, and privacy protected aggregate EEO-1 data available and allows users to analyze aggregate data associated with more than 56 million employees and 73,000 employers nationwide, according to an EEOC press release.

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC requires employers to submit periodic reports on the composition of their workforces by sex and race/ethnicity. The user-friendly EEOC Explore tool enables users to explore and compare data trends across a number of categories, including location, sex, race and ethnicity, and industry sector without the need for experience in computer programming or statistical analysis.

EEOC Explore uses aggregate information from employer EEO-1 reports which include data such as employee demographics, which are collected annually from private employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors with 50 or more employees. EEOC Explore also allows users to dive down to county-level details, surpassing the previously available static tabular format available on the EEOC’s public website.

“The new mapping tool makes tracking employment trends as simple as a few clicks, particularly for those analyzing job patterns for minorities and women in private industry,” Dr. Chris Haffer, EEOC’s Chief Data Officer, stated in the press release. “Through its convenient filters, users now have access to privacy protected aggregate data at multiple layers of geography and can download the data for their own analyses.”

EEOC Explore was developed in collaboration with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago as part of the EEOC’s Data and Analytics Modernization Program led by the EEOC’s Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). To access the EEOC Explore tool, visit the “Job Patterns For Minorities And Women In Private Industry (EEO-1)” page at https://www.eeoc.gov/statistics/employment/jobpatterns/eeo1.

The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws. To learn more about the EEOC, visit www.eeoc.gov.

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