Boston launches interactive tool to track city workforce diversity

Boston has launched an interactive tool that tracks the demographic makeup of the city’s 19,798 employees.

The employee demographics dashboard, unveiled Tuesday, provides regularly updated statistics on staffing levels by race, gender, salary, and tenure of city workers, officials said.

Users can get citywide or department data.

Danielson Tavares, the city’s chief diversity officer, said the dashboard helps him fulfill Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s vision for a city government more reflective of the city. It will also allow Tavares to more clearly evaluate city departments that show strength in diversity and those needing improvement.

“The goal of this is to capture our progress within each department,’’ he said in a recent interview.


The dashboard — at — will be updated monthly. It’s used by the mayor, his Cabinet chiefs, and other city staff, officials said in a press release.

According to the site, 46.3 percent of the city’s workers are men, while 53.7 percent are women.

Nearly 54 percent of city employees are white, while 28.5 percent are black, the data show. Hispanics make up 12.2 percent of the workforce, and Asians represent 4.2 percent.

According to the dashboard, 0.2 percent of city workers identify as American Indians, and 0.1 percent as Pacific Islanders, while 1.1 percent of workers’ ethnicity is not specified.

The city has not released the names and ethnicity for each city worker, data regularly distributed by the previous administration. Walsh and his aides cite legal and privacy reasons for not releasing the data.

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