As part of its mandate under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires periodic reports from public and private employers, and unions and labor organizations which indicate the composition of their work forces by sex and by race/ethnic category. Key among these reports is the EEO-1, which is collected annually from Private employers with 100 or more employees or federal contractors with 50 more employees. Approximately 69,800 employers, representing 54.4 million employees, filed EEO-1 reports in 2017.
The confidentiality provision which governs release of these data (Section 709 (e) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972) prohibits release of individually identifiable information. Data in aggregated format for major geographic areas and by industry group for private employers (EEO-1) are available. The following tables are national aggregations by those industries with the greatest employment. With the release of EEOC data from 2016 forward, new disclosure criteria were implemented and applied at all aggregate types to ensure the protection of identifiable information of our survey respondents and maintain EEOC's commitment to protect the data confidentiality. Participation rates and certain industry aggregates are no longer published due to disclosure limitation rules.
SIC Industry definitions and codes used in the tables from 1998 through 2002 are based upon those given in the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Manual. NAICS Industry definitions and codes used in the 2003 through 2006 tables are based upon those given in the 1997 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Manual. The NAICS 2017 definition is used with the newest release of the 2017 tables. For tables from 2012 through 2016, NAICS 2012 definitions were used. NAICS 2007 definitions were used for indicators and tables 2007 through 2011. More information on NAICS can be found at https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/.
Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA): Starting with year 2013 EEO-1 tables, Metropolitan Statistical Areas are based on the CBSA (Core Based Statistical Area) as defined by the Office of Management and Budget of February 2013 redefinitions. Revisions to statistical areas where micropolitan statistical areas that qualify for Metropolitan Statistical Areas are accounted for with following EEO-1 release based on the most recent Office of Management and Budget Statistical bulletins.
For tables from 2006 through 2012 the, Metropolitan Statistical Areas are based on the CBSA (Core Based Statistical Area) as defined by the Office of Management and Budget of December 2005.
Due to the unique racial and ethnic composition of the population of Hawaii, employment data for establishments in that state have been excluded from all aggregates of EEO-1 data prior to 2007. From 2007, the State of Hawaii is included in all the aggregates.