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EEO/AA Technical Notes

The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) / Affirmative Action (AA) data presented here are provided to New York State employers as a tool for assessing the available workforce for given areas of the state. These data can also be helpful in identifying and comparing the demographics of the available workforce in the various federal occupational categories. The main goal of this process is to ensure equal access and equal opportunities for all New York workers.

The data in these tables are based on workers residences and are taken from the Census 2000 Special EEO Tabulation. The data on race in Census 2000 are not directly comparable to those collected in previous censuses. The race structure provided by the Census was collapsed into an abridged configuration to make the data easier to use. The race data provided exclude Hispanics, and shows the following races: Black; Asian; Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander; American Indian, and Alaskan Native; and Other Races (and more than one race.) A person of Hispanic ethnicity may be of any race. Hispanics are not included in the individual race categories and are counted separately.

Percentages provide the percent of workers for a given gender and race/ethnicity in a given occupation or occupational group. NOTE: Percentages may not add to total due to rounding. For information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, and nonsampling error, see accuracy of the data.

The search category Labor Force by Occupational Group provides data for the 14 EEO Occupational Groups and a labor force total by gender. This classification is more detailed than the 9 occupational groups in the EEO data for the 1990 Census. See table for comparison. The 14 EEO occupational groups DO NOT sum up to the labor force total because some job seekers lack recent job experience and could not be placed in an occupation. Data is available by county, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), and for New York 8-county and 10-county areas.

The search category Labor Force by Detailed Occupation provides data for 471 detailed occupations, and a labor force total by gender. Data is available for New York State, 50 single county or county groups, MSAs, and for New York 8-county and 10-county areas. The Census Bureau created county groups by adding counties with a population less than 50,000 to larger adjacent counties in order to meet population thresholds for the sparsely populated counties. Data is presented in two tables, one containing raw numbers and one containing percentages.

Geographic areas presented are New York State, Metropolitan Areas, Census County Groups, and Counties. The designation of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (PMSAs), and Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Areas (CMSAs) is the responsibility of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and is based on such factors as population size and density, and economic, social and commuting patterns. Areas may consist of one or more counties, and may cross state lines. Metropolitan areas consisting of a single county in New York State include Elmira MSA (Chemung County), Jamestown MSA (Chautauqua County), and Dutchess County PMSA (Dutchess County). The CMSA designation applies to very large metropolitan areas, usually those with more than a million people, while PMSAs are major components of CMSAs.

In the past, the Census has periodically reviewed and modified the tables appearing on their website. Therefore, the data appearing in our tables may not be in complete agreement with the Census.

For information on the processing of Equal Opportunity Utilization Analysis plans, please contact the agency that requires and monitors your plan.

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