Composition of U.S. workforce by race/ethnicity, 1979 and 2017

Race and ethnicity White Black Hispanic Asian American/Pacific Islander (2017 only) Other
1979 83.71% 9.4%  4.75% 2.15%
2017 63.37  11.9  16.88  6.72 1.13 

Notes: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are included in the “Other” race category in 1979 (the CPS survey did not have a separate “Asian American/Pacific Islander” category until 1989). Race/ethnicity categories are mutually exclusive (i.e., white non-Hispanic, black non-Hispanic, Asian American/Pacific Islander non-Hispanic, and Hispanic any race).

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

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