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Black and Latino workers collectively account for roughly a quarter of the entire U.S. workforce, but fill only 12 percent of the country's science and technology jobs. Although Asian workers account for only five percent of the total U.S. workforce, they account for 14 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math workforce -- a disproportionally large figure that has actually increased in the last decade. Meanwhile, the share of blacks and Latinos participating in these fields has seen virtually no growth over the same period, according to a new report from the Department of Commerce.
The report, unveiled Monday at the Brookings Institution by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca M. Blank, concludes that blacks and Latinos remain severely underrepresented in the STEM fields in the United States. Much of the deficit can be attributed to lagging education rates for some minority groups, Blank said.
The report is the third and final one on the current demographics of the U.S. STEM workforce from data gathered by the Economics and Statistic Administration. The first, released in July, profiles STEM workers, and their importance in furthering American competitiveness and innovation. The second, released in August, looks at trends in education and employment of women in the field of STEM.