September 20, 2019

For the first time in U.S. history, minorities make up the most new hires aged 25 to 54 – and women are driving the trend

By Elizabeth Gravier

Minorities are making history, entering the workforce in larger numbers than ever.

The Washington Post analyzed Labor Department data extending back to the 1970s and found that last year, new “working-age” hires were mostly people of color, outnumbering white hires. The Post defines these new hires as people within the “prime working age” of 25 to 54.

The wave of female minorities getting jobs, as white baby boomers retire, has helped drive this historic trend, The Post notes. Their analysis shows that minority women increasingly began working in 2015, and their numbers have grown since.

According to the Labor Department data, the number of people employed increased by 5.2 million since the end of 2016, and ethnic and racial minorities make up 4.5 million of that number.