RI to Increase State Workforce Diversity

May 9, 2013

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed an executive order aimed at increasing the number of minorities in the state workforce.  It’s the fulfillment of a pledge he made in his “state of the state” speech back in January.  Chafee said it’s important for the state workforce to reflect Rhode Island’s changing demographics.

“I think America always has just been evolving, and this is just another ramification, it’s nothing really new it’s just more people of color of other nationalities.”

Minorities hold 15 percent of state jobs, and make up almost a quarter of the state’s population.  The Executive Order may also raise the number of minority owned businesses with state contracts.

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