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DEED Seeks Employer Input on Diversity Management Practices

Agency will survey over 3,000 employers statewide

2/9/2016 2:41:01 PM

Madeline O'Phelan, 651-259-7239

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will survey over 3,000 employers statewide to understand how Minnesota businesses are addressing workforce diversity, then create resources for businesses to increase the diversity of their workforce.

"In today's global economy, a diverse workforce is a competitive advantage for businesses and we encourage all Minnesota businesses to share their best practices on how to foster an inclusive workplace culture," said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. "The results of this survey will work to address Minnesota's economic disparities among workers from communities of color and allow DEED to develop tools to support businesses in their efforts to recruit and retain diverse talent."

Hispanics or Latinos face a 9.0 percent unemployment rate, while black or African Americans and American Indians face rates of more than 13 percent, according to data from both the 2014 American Community Survey and the 2015 Current Population Survey. The unemployment rate among white Minnesotans is 4.0 percent.

All employers are invited to participate. Employers interested in telling DEED about their diversity management practices are encouraged to go to

Employers will not be asked to identify themselves, but will be asked to name their industry, the region in which their business is located, and the approximate size of their workforce.

The online survey form will close on Friday, February 26, 2016.

For more information on the employer workforce diversity survey, contact Rachel Vilsack, DEED performance manager, 651-259-7403 or email

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at the DEED website ( or go to our Twitter account (


Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED CommunicationsOffice at 651-259-7161.

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