Study finds whites hold disproportionate share of Metro jobs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville’s Metro Human Relations Commission is recommending the city start getting serious about diversifying its workforce.

A study released to media on Friday found that whites hold 71 percent of Metro jobs although they make up only 64 percent of Nashville’s employable population. Four Metro departments are 100 percent white.

Whites also disproportionately hold Metro’s top paying jobs. Ninety percent of those earning $130,000 or higher are white.

The report looked at more than 9,000 employees in 50 Metro departments but did not include all Metro departments.

Mayor Karl Dean already acted on one of the commission’s recommendations. On Thursday he created a Diversity Advisory Committee “to help ensure that Metro Government’s workforce reflects Nashville’s rich diversity.”