Workforce Composition Rate
The workforce composition of Dubuque, similar to the population as a whole, has seen an increase in racial diversity with Latinos experiencing the highest growth rate. In 2000, Latinos comprised 0.5% of the workforce, compared to 1.8% in 2010. The second highest growth rate was the Black population, which grew from 0.4% to 0.8%.
FROM THE SURVEY:
- 61.43% indicated that they are aware of existing employment services and could access them if needed.
- 33.5% indicated that career advancement was the most important factor for economic wellbeing, with equitable pay being second at 26.9%. For Blacks, job discrimination came in as the second highest factor.
FROM THE DIALOGUES:
- Professional networking seems limited to white-collar jobs. Skilled laborers, such as those working in construction, plumbing and welding expressed frustration that they do not have the opportunity to network like other professionals.