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ERIC Number: ED161567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Indian Employment in New Mexico State Government: 1977.
Gerlach, Ernest J.
To update a 1974 report on the status of American Indian employment in the state of New Mexico, a 1977 study on the composition of the state's work force was undertaken, including descriptions of the overall distribution of state employment by job category, grade, and salary level. Despite progress, it was found that: (1) Indians still constituted only about 2% of the state's merit system work force; (2) Indian employees continued to be concentrated in a few agencies, with 60% working for the Employment Security Commission, Health and Social Services, and the Highway Department; (3) few Indians were employed even in areas where large proportions of Indians resided; (4) American Indians continued to be concentrated in low skill, low pay jobs with little upward mobility (almost 40% of all Indian employees were classified as paraprofessionals or in service/maintenance); (5) improvements notwithstanding, a disproportionate number of Indian employees remained concentrated in lower salary levels and in lowest grade levels (more than 72% of Indian employees were between grade levels 01 and 10 compared to almost 55% of entire work force, and only 9% were at or above level 15 compared to more than 20% of total employees). The report contains numerous statistical comparisons broken down by race/ethnicity and sex. (RS)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, American Indians, Black Employment, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Geographic Distribution, Government Employees, Job Analysis, Minority Groups, Occupational Information, Occupational Mobility, Paraprofessional Personnel, Racial Distribution, Salaries, State Agencies, State Government
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Santa Fe.
Identifiers: New Mexico
Note: For related document, see RC 010 712