While Hispanics/Latinos comprise only 13% of Utah workers, they account for 34% of farming/fishing/forestry occupations, 32% of building and grounds cleaning/maintenance occupations, 29% of construction and mining occupations and 26% of both food preparation/serving and production occupations.
Individual occupations with high concentrations of Hispanic/Latinos are mostly in the construction trades and include plasterers/stucco masons (88%), drywall installers/tapers (66%), insulation workers (60%), roofers (55%), carpet/floor installers (45%) and cement masons (45%).
Latinas are even more concentrated in the building and grounds cleaning occupations. While Utah Latinas make up only 13% of all women workers, they account for a whopping 41% of female building/grounds cleaning workers. They are sorely underrepresented in the education and healthcare practitioner occupations.
In contrast, the Hispanic/Latino group accounts for only 5% to 6% of architecture/engineering, education/library, healthcare practitioners/technical, computer/mathematical and legal occupations.
The concentration of Hispanic/Latinos in certain occupations may be related to a higher-than-average immigrant population.
Other Races and Ethnicities
On the other hand, Asians comprise only 3% of Utah’s labor force, but 8% of life/physical science occupations and 7% of computer/mathematical occupations.
Among individual occupations, Asians show high concentrations among chemists (18%), agricultural/food scientists (17%), physical scientists (17%), hazardous materials removal workers (12%), natural science managers (12%) and personal appearance workers (11%).
Black/African Americans comprise only 1% of Utah workers, but 3% of workers who are unemployed, have no work experience or were previously in the military.
Native Americans show a similar pattern. They account for 1% of the Utah labor force, but 6% of the unemployed/no work experience/military occupation category.
Interestingly, Native American women make up a notably higher percentage of female construction workers than they do the overall female labor force.
Whites appear overrepresented in architecture/engineering, business, education/library, legal, management and protective service occupations.
Utah women encompass roughly 44% of the Utah labor force, but only 3% of construction and installation/maintenance/repair occupations. They are also significantly underrepresented in architecture/engineering, computer/mathematical and transportation/material moving positions.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Utah women comprise 83% of healthcare support occupations and 80% of personal care/service occupations — both among the lowest-paying occupational groups.
Utah women are highly concentrated in the following detail-level occupations: preschool/kindergarten teachers (99%), childcare workers (96%), secretaries/administrative assistants (96%), speech-language pathologists (93%) and personal appearance workers (91%).
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