City workforce report provides snapshot of employee demographics

The City of Minneapolis’ workforce is 75 percent white and 70 percent male, according to a new workforce report.

City leaders are working on multiple fronts to diversify the city’s workforce to make it more reflective of Minneapolis as a whole, which is about 60 percent white and 40 percent people of color.

As for age, 42 percent of city workers are over 50, about 51 percent are 30 to 49 and only 6 percent are in their 20s.

Of the 374 people hired by the city in 2014, 68 percent were men, 32 percent women, 72 percent white and 28 percent people of color.

The city has about 3,600 full-time regular and full-time seasonal employees, said Matt Laible, a city spokesman.

Minneapolis Police Department leaders have a team focused on recruiting more diverse candidates to the police force. The department’s community service officers have become increasingly diverse as well, said Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo, chief of staff to Police Chief Janeé Harteau.

The city’s Step-Up and Urban Scholars summer internship programs are another way city leaders have tried to encourage young people from diverse programs to consider city government jobs.

City leaders have been working on a workforce plan that identifies ways to remove barriers to hiring more people of color and women.